Ewert’s model represents a valuable tool in the developing theory of biological design, which should eventually supplant phylogenetic analyses.
How can you be certain, for instance, that you, horned lizards, and brook trout share a common chordate ancestor?
Boom! There goes the “exquisitely documented” evolution of turtles. Sorry, Professor Dave.
Dembski says he stands by that work and his early contributions to intelligent design theory, but adds that he has learned a lot more in the intervening years.
The fact that known natural biological processes can produce non-tree-like patterns is problematic not for ID proponents but for proponents of common ancestry.