Darwinism, when viewed from a philosophical perspective, might more accurately be understood as a late sub-branch of ancient speculative thought.
Bottom line: Darwin did not have a single scrap of empirical fieldwork to document his conjectures.
Denis Diderot mooted the possibility of a creature evolving through habitual functioning into another form of life altogether.
The inference to a First Cause has begun to percolate down to people who hold no prior allegiance to any of the world’s accredited religions.
UCEs are conserved structures that are not functionally constrained. Yet there is not so much as a hint of a problem for evolutionary theory.