Cancel culture is becoming surreal. Or should I say even more surreal? “Exotic birds” are now judged to be offensive. What next?
There lives in biology a great consensus truth that evaporates upon close scrutiny.
Natural selection can explain “the survival of the fittest but not the arrival of the fittest.”
An example of this devolutionary process on a showy scale? Flightless island birds, devolved from birds that could fly.
The authors offer a selectionist explanation, which is nevertheless uncertain. Note the repeated use of the subjunctive.