Explaining the origin of complex phenotypic novelty is the million-dollar question in evolutionary biology.
Our ability to adapt to fantastically diverse circumstances did not result from the happenstance of environmental conditions.
The quote for which Lewontin has become best known appeared in his 1997 review of a book by Carl Sagan.
In an excerpt from his new book, Professor Flannery identifies Darwin’s principal failing in developing his theory.
Dawkins argues that even if the design works, it would “offend any tidy-minded engineer.” Yet the overall design of the eye actually optimizes visual acuity.