Some of the most unexpected animals, many of them tiny, are capable of world-record feats.
The planthopper bug has gears in its legs that permit it to jump what in human terms would be like vaulting the length of two football fields at one go.
When Michael Behe’s slide show flashed to a close up of the gears, a murmur of astonishment rolled through the audience.
Perhaps the evidence for the vast scope of Darwin’s theory really isn’t as strong as biologists over the years have been telling each other.
It often seems that the closer you need to look, the greater the wonder. It’s as if someone set it there to hide, waiting for us.