This line of argumentation only appears compelling to those who assume from that start that the core assumptions of the standard evolutionary model are true.
A biologist in our network worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard. He recounted how about a quarter of the postdocs he encountered were at least sympathetic to design arguments.
Attacks by Christian theistic evolutionists have often followed the same patterns as those of their secular colleagues.
Perhaps it is awe-inspiring to evolutionary biologists to try to work a puzzle, trying to find how everything is connected by common ancestry.
The passionate focus on evolutionary relationships in biology papers tends to obscure awe at the wonders in life.