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New evidence that natural selection is a general driving force behind the origin of species.
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. Charles Darwin would undoubtedly be both pleased and chagrined.|
The famous scientist would be pleased because a study published online this week provides the first clear evidence that natural selection, his favored mechanism of evolution, drives the process of species formation in a wide variety of plants and animals. But he would be chagrined because it has taken nearly 150 years to do so.
What Darwin did in his revolutionary treatise, On the Origin of Species, was to explain how much of the extraordinary variety of biological traits possessed by plants and animals arises from a single process, natural selection. Since then a large number of studies and observations have supported and extended his original work. However, linking natural selection to the origin of the 30 to 100 million different species estimated to inhabit the earth, has proven considerably more elusive.
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Since this is a statistical study, Demski should see this as a chellenge, whether indirect or direct, to his statistical work. Or at least Demski, if he felt so inclined to do actual research, would attempt to analyze this work and find weaknesses or holes in their analysis.
I really doubt it will ever happen, but I think he should do something to refute the findings of this research. That is if he cared.
("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into."--Jonathan Swift)