Saturday, 1 January 2011

Debunking corner: Creationists wrong about evo-devo too

An excellent summary of a recent paper on Pharyngula here;


When last we left this subject, I had pointed out that the phenomenon of embryonic similarity within a phylum was real, and that the creationists were in a state of dishonest denial, arguing with archaic interpretations while trying to pretend the observations were false. I also explained that constraints on morphology during development were complex, and that it was going to take something like a thorough comparative analysis of large sets of gene expression data in order to drill down into the mechanisms behind the phylotypic stage.
Guess what? The comparative analysis of large sets of gene expression data is happening. And the creationists are wrong, again.

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