A recent paper in the journal Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society offers some striking comments about the prevalence of discordance among phylogenetic trees.
What are the odds that two genes would independently converge on a similar DNA sequence?
Now what are the odds of this?
The problem now is that in a Darwinian world, evolution is supposed to be blind to future needs. This kind of data almost sounds like evolution is being directed to evolve the same complex trait over and over again. That doesn’t fit with unguided Darwinian processes
Last year I wrote about how convergent genetic evolution is highly unlikely under neo-Darwinism, but makes perfect sense if you allow common design. An article in ScienceDaily titled “In Bats and Whales, Convergence in Echolocation Ability Runs Deep,” points to evidence that, in my opinion, might be best explained by common design. According to the standard mammalian phylogeny, the common ancestor of bats and whales was not capable of echolocation. Thus, the ability to echolocate must have evolved independently, and bat and whale echolocation is often cited by evolutionists as a textbook example of convergent evolution. However, the ScienceDaily article reports that these similarities are not just phenotypic but extend down into the level of the gene sequences: two new Read More ›