Not “Junk”!

An Extensive Collection of Quotes Indicating Functionality in Non-Protein-Coding DNA Compiled and introduced by Richard Peachey This statement from a well-known evolutionist and textbook author was published in early 1994: “In fact, the human genome is littered with pseudogenes, gene fragments, ‘orphaned’ genes, ‘junk’ DNA, and so many repeated copies

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Are “Vestigial Organs” Valid Evidence of Evolution?

by Richard Peachey What are “vestigial organs”? “Vestigial” or “rudimentary” organs are biological structures that have no function. In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin listed such human structures as wisdom teeth, the appendix, and the coccyx (“tailbone”) as “rudimentary organs” (Scadding 173f.). In his earlier book, The Origin of

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Is Peripatus a Valid Evolutionary Intermediate?

by Richard Peachey Peripatus is an organism classified within the phylum Onychophora, a group known as “velvet worms” or “onychophorans” (meaning “claw-bearers”). These animals live mostly in humid forests, especially in the tropics. They hide by day under rotting logs and in leaf litter, and hunt for prey at night.

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Sickle-Cell Anemia: Example of a “Beneficial Mutation”?

by Richard Peachey What is Sickle-Cell Anemia? Sickle-cell anemia is a genetic disease common to persons of West and Central African ancestry. It is characterized by severe anemia with symptoms of pallor, muscle cramps, weakness, and susceptibility to fatigue. Additional symptoms include heart enlargement, brain cell atrophy, and severe pain

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The Peppered Moth Story: Prime Example of Evolution?

With a special Appendix: University of Chicago evolutionist Jerry Coyne on his discovery of the many flaws in this “icon of evolution”! (following the conclusion of this article) by Richard Peachey IMPORTANT NOTE: The argumentation in the article below requires updating in light of new experimental work by lepidopterist Michael

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Major Twentieth Century Theories of Evolution: The Neo-Darwinian Synthesis and Punctuated Equilibrium

by Richard Peachey The two modern theories differ over the tempo (timing) and mode (mechanism) of evolution. Natural selection is of primary importance for Neo-Darwinists, but not for those who hold to Punctuated Equilibrium. The two views also disagree on the relationship of macroevolution to microevolution. 1. The Neo-Darwinian Synthesis

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Darwin’s Use of Lamarck’s “Laws”

by Richard Peachey The French scientist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck (1744-1829) is noted for two “laws” which summarize his evolutionary thought: (1) The Law of Use and Disuse — The parts of an organism’s body that are used become more developed; parts that are not used become smaller and may disappear.

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Major Nineteenth Century Theories of Evolution: Lamarck and Darwin

by Richard Peachey Both Lamarck and Darwin viewed evolution as slow and gradual. (Neither believed in “fixity of species.”) But their theories assigned different roles to the organism, and to the environment. 1. Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck (1744-1829) Lamarck was a French scientist who, after the French Revolution, was appointed to be

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The Giraffe: A Favourite Textbook Illustration of Evolutionary Theories

With a special Appendix: Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on the inappropriate textbook use of the giraffe to introduce students to evolutionary theories! (after the conclusion of this article) by Richard Peachey High-school biology texts regularly present Darwin’s theory of evolution in contrast with Lamarck’s earlier explanation, and the organism

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Positive Scientific Evidence for Creation!

Introduced by Richard Peachey The arguments summarized below are taken from W. R. Bird, The Origin of Species Revisited (New York: Philosophical Library, 1987), Vol. 2, pp. 104-106. When the Supreme Court of the United States reviewed Louisiana’s “Act for Balanced Treatment of Creation-Science and Evolution,” Bird was the lawyer

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