Even before the publication, the Chinese scientists Deng Tao and Qiu Zhanxiang had revealed the skull to be a crude forgery.
“We are survival machines,” wrote atheist biologist Richard Dawkins, “robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.”
Elephant shrews are sometimes considered to be living fossils, and their origin is believed to go back 57.5 million years in the Paleocene.
The more science progresses, the more hapless Darwin seems. Consider woolly mammoth DNA.
So much about the congruence of anatomical and genetic similarity predicted by Darwin’s theory.