There lives in biology a great consensus truth that evaporates upon close scrutiny.
Seeds of date palms from the Judean desert, over 2,000 years old, have sprouted and grown into healthy trees. What can we learn from their genes?
The authors offer a selectionist explanation, which is nevertheless uncertain. Note the repeated use of the subjunctive.
The smaller a design, the harder it may be to detect. But miniature designs can inspire awe more than large ones.
If engineers could make something like a seed, it would be absolutely phenomenal. Then, imagine getting the object to last for thousands of years and still work.