Darwinopterus v Dawkins
By JONATHAN SARFATI - CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Added: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Note that the review starts on one website and ends on another. Comments are on the link to the first half of the article. Also the main site http://talk.thinkingmatters.org.nz/ makes for some interesting browsing.
Prominent antitheist and self-styled âatheistâ Richard Dawkins has written a new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Ironically, he admits about all his previous pro-evolution books:
âLooking back on these books, I realized that the evidence for evolution is nowhere explicitly set out, and that it seemed like a good gap to close.â
Naturally, CMI is preparing a book to answer Dawkinsâ latest. In a chapter about alleged bad design, Dawkins had a section about the loss of wings and evolution of features like halteres, the little drumstick-like stabilizers behind the one pair of wings on flies.
To set the stage, Dawkins related the theory of English evolutionist (and former debate partner1) John Maynard Smith (1920–2004) about the evolution of flying creatures. Maynard-Smith argued that flying creatures evolved first with high stability and low maneuverability (e.g. with the long pterosaur tail or an insectâs long abdomen). Then they shortened, which caused lower stability but greater maneuverability, and they evolved advanced sensory equipment to stabilize by fast reactions (e.g. larger semicircular canals in pterosaurs or halteres in flies).
Even when Dawkins wrote, there were already dragonflies in the ointment, so to speak, because they have both long bodies (stability) but are also highly maneuverable and have advanced navigation systems. Furthermore, even known pterosaur types didnât fit this theory, as Dawkins admitted in passing. But after writing our response to this Dawkins âJust-soâ story, this new pterosaur turned up, and it adds a final demolition point. This new pterosaur, which to be fair Dawkins could not have known about when he wrote, has the stability of the long tail as well as the advanced correction features before loss of stability supposedly drove the selection for the advanced flying skills.
As a sneak peek, to show that we are indeed rebutting Dawkinsâ claims, here is a draft section from our forthcoming book answering The Greatest Show on Earth:
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