Recent fossil finds scramble yet again what scientists thought they knew about human origins.
Staddon’s piece is topical, well written, and carefully reasoned. Coyne is of course free to disagree with Staddon’s conclusions.
That Darwinism seems even superficially plausible depends completely on the ability of living things to reproduce themselves without significant degradation.
It’s fine to search through random results for an outcome you’re aiming for. Just don’t call it Darwinian evolution.
An attribute of a good sci-fi story is that it should open new vistas for the imagination while, at the same time, not requiring the reader to put up with the preposterous.