It’s a particularly crude example of how confirmation bias works — how else would you explain this story? — not only among lay people but among top researchers.
“How many other scientific disciplines have utterly failed to explain the salient phenomenon of the system they study?” I can think of one.
Did evolutionary scientists not understand these things already?
Perhaps in ten years we’ll be having this conversation again — and perhaps at that time the Smithsonian Institution will give us all a more objective analysis of the evidence.
It’s a (cost-free) “summer camp for science and humanities nerds,” says philosopher of biology Paul Nelson.