Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Absence of evidence = evidence of absence?

Shifting Icebergs May Have Forced Penguin Evolution

So three widely-separated colonies of penguins are genetically identical. But-but-but, evolution says that they should be different! So we have to come up with a mechanism to explain why evolution doesn't seem to have happened in a place where it should. Whew! Crisis averted.

Oh - the article includes this statement:
Microevolution involves small-scale genetic changes in a species over time. The classic example is a color change undergone by British pepper moths in response to changing levels of air pollution.
Only problem is, that example is a well-known hoax, not a classic example.

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