Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Revenge of the Ignored!
Throughout his book, Jerry Coyne provides evidence of evolution in bacteria, plants, and animals, but largely, if not completely, leaves out evidence of evolution in archaeans, protists, and fungi. Archaeans may even be the best example for natural selection, living in several different types of environments that are lethal to almost any other organism on the face of the planet. What kind of evidence for natural selection occurs in archaeans? In fungi? Protists? Why might Jerry Coyne have seemingly ignored these three kingdoms, considering that they are both so well-adapted to the environments in which they live? How might these kingdoms be utilized in an argument for evolution?