For years people cited the wiring of the vertebrate eye as evidence of “poor design” in biology.
Darwin’s ideas have become a flashpoint in the culture, so any discussion of the science can easily become highly polarized and politicized.
There is nothing in the word “gift” that entails its having been given identically to all persons at all times. That’s not hard, actually.
As biologist Scott Turner explains, the appearance is not false but very real, a fact from whose profound implications most scientists veil their eyes.
Without lignin, there would be no woody plants, no wood, no coal, no charcoal, no fire, no pottery, and certainly no iron or metallurgy.