In his new book, Jonathan Wells asks a simple question: If the icons of evolution were just innocent textbook errors, why do so many of them still persist?
Trifling evidence and momentous conclusions. That is evolution in a nutshell.
The day’s science headlines include a sensational announcement that our ancestors separated from apes not in Africa as previously thought, but in Eastern Europe.
In 1982, paleontologists Niles Eldredge and Ian Tattersall noted that it is a “myth that the evolutionary histories of living beings are essentially a matter of discovery.”
Some scientists hoped that H. naledi would prove to be the fossil to bridge an evolutionary gap.