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. . . in the past 25 years or so concerning this observation:“Facts are facts; no new broad organizational plan has appeared for several hundred million years, and for an equally long period of time numerous species, animal as well as plant, have ceased evolving… At best, present evolutionary phenomena are simply slight changes of genotypes within populations, or substitution of an allele with a new one.” And:“The period of great fecundity is over; present evolution appears as a weakened process, declining or near its end. Aren't we witnessing the remains of an immense phenomenon close to extinction? Aren't the small variations which are being recorded everywhere the tail end, the last oscillations of the evolutionary movement? Aren't our plants, our animals, lacking some mechanisms which were present in the early flora and fauna?”(Pierre Grasse, The Evolution of Living Organisms, 1977.)If this is still the "facts", I wonder why evolution seems to have worked it's way out of a job?Bryan
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