I had someone ask whether, in a previous post, I meant universal common descent (UCD) or more limited common descent.
In retrospect, where does the evidence stand? Here’s a summary: Venema’s main claims in light of the relevant science.
Some have claimed that for humans the coalescence to one (or first coalescent) does not happen for well over a million years back in time, calling into question the idea of a single-couple human origin.
Venema seems much more interested in pursuing longstanding debates with intelligent design and with certain ID proponents.
There has been an ongoing discussion between Dr. Vincent Torley, a philosopher, and myself on the subject of pseudogenes, synteny, and common descent.