Sunday, March 28, 2010
Palimpests in Embryos
On page 55 Coyne describes how manuscripts were made in medieval Europe. They would write on thin sheets of dried animal skin. "Because these were hard to produce, many medieval writers simply reused earlier texts by scraping off the old words and writing on the newly cleaned pages" (55). These were called palimpsests. How do these palimpsests relate to the theory of evolution and natural selection? More specifically how do palimpsests relate to embryos? See page 73, and explain how embryos are similar and different, and at what times of development these similarities and differences occur (use this to answer the question as to how palimpsests relate to embryos).