As Lönnig points out, Richard Dawkins and others are at great pains to deny the connection. Why would that be?
You do not need to study mutations for thirty years to predict that bombarding plant chromosomes with radiation will not lead to major agricultural advances.
Geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig concludes that, “Sexual selection is not the cause of the long-necked giraffe.”
The giraffe is one of those all-star icons of evolution, familiar from textbook covers, that falls apart on closer inspection.
The interview is very accessible to the non-scientist and, in my opinion, is one of the best discussions of the major issues in this debate I have ever heard.