Only a special type of being very close to our own biological design could have taken the first and vital step to technological enlightenment, fire-making.
In the 17th century, medical pioneer Sir William Harvey and Italian scientist Francesco Redi both proved the untenability of spontaneous generation.
A millimeter-sized beetle flies efficiently with feathery wings and a beat mode not seen before. Did it evolve by natural selection?
Naturalists, like everyone else, generally trust their reason to lead them to truth.
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.