The giraffe is one of those all-star icons of evolution, familiar from textbook covers, that falls apart on closer inspection.
It can detect a single photon. It can test the foundations of our understanding of nature. And it is also a piece of “botched” work by evolution?
It’s ABD — “Anything But Design,” as Sarah Chaffee says — that is, anything but design that might leave open the door to a source of transcendent intelligence.
Beauty does not come from randomness. It is beauty, not ugliness that must be explained.
For English anatomist Alice Roberts, however, the human body is a “hodge-podge” of parts assembled in an “untidy” fashion “with no foresight” by evolution.