Darwin or Mendel?

Yes, Valentine’s Day was the proper time to note that Canadian researchers had observed a so-called evolutionary arms race between the sexes. Those little bugs called pond skaters, in just 15 generations, have developed different physical characteristics, in this case the males longer legs with grasping hooks to hold their mate during mating, and the females spines to thwart the males.

It was humorous enough to ponder the battle of the sexes. But just to be clear, these evolutionary changes are exactly what Gregor Mendel observed in the 1800s in his work with peas and then mice. Certain traits were handed down over the generations, some being dominant and others recessive.

Recently National Geographic published a photo story of all the varieties of dogs, from spaniels, dalmatians, and toy poodles, and how they all evolved, again more Mendelian evolution. But there is still no hard evidence for Darwin’s theory that one species evolves into another.

There certainly is variation, adaptation, and observable traits can be seen from one generation to the next. But still, no evidence of Darwin’s “man evolved from apes” theory. In fact, Darwin’s theory has been abandoned by some of the most ardent evolutionists in favor of another neo-Darwinian theory – punctuated equilibrium – new species just pop up with no intermediates.

Oh, the Darwinists display a whale fossil with what they believe is a leg, which they say is evidence of the evolution from sea animals with fins to land-based animals with legs (the “walking whale”), but out of millions of fossils, this is the only example of intermediacy they have found. The missing links are still missing though Darwinian evolution is still the dominant theory taught in biology today.

February 16, 2002