Why Evolution is True
I've recently read Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True
, and it's as good as everyone is saying
. One point the book hammers home is that evolutionary theory makes predictions
, and that these predictions are regularly and reliably borne out. A particularly elegant example is the discovery of marsupial fossils in Antarctica. Marsupial fossils, in rocks of a particular age, were predicted, searched for, and found in the right place. Coyne's account of this is interwoven with the tale of another triumph, of geology (plate tectonics and continental drift) in making sense of the distribution of not only fossils but also the scrapes left by ancient glaciers in the southern continents. In South Africa, the marks on the rocks seem to show that glaciers once flowed uphill and inland, from the sea. Once the past positions of Africa, Antarctica, and Australia are worked out, all these marks fall into place as downhill, seaward, and outward from the South Pole.
You can read more about this book, and about evolution, at Jerry Coyne's blog
Labels: creationism, evolution, genomics