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Darwin warned, “If numerous species, belonging to the same genera or families, have really started into life at once, the fact would be fatal to the theory of evolution through natural selection.”
With over one thousand referenced quotations from Darwin, Greek philosophers, scientists, and historians, Darwin, Th en and Now travels through the tenuous dynamics of scientific investigations since 1859 starting with the fossil record, molecular biology, and embryology through modern genetics.
“The fossil record had caused Darwin more grief than joy. Nothing distressed him more than the Cambrian explosion, the coincident appearance of almost all complex organic designs.” Stephen Gould, 1980
“Over the past 50 years, advances in molecular and developmental biology have outstripped a truly integrated synthesis of evolutionary theory.” Niles Eldridge, 2006
“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle.” Francis Crick, 1981
“There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” Mark Twain, 1883