Jonathan Wells

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Desperately Defending The Peppered Myth

pen almost any introductory biology textbook published between 1960 and 2000 and you’ll see pictures of peppered moths resting on tree trunks, put there to illustrate the classic story of natural selection in action. Since the 1980s, however, biologists have known that the story is seriously flawed. In a new book, Of Moths and Men, Judith Hooper documents the rise Read More ›

Peppered moth (Biston betularia) melanic and light form. Moths in the family Geometridae showing relative camouflage of f. cabonaria, the result of industrial melanism
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The Peppered Myth

Open almost any textbook dealing with biological evolution and you’ll probably find photographs of peppered moths resting on tree trunks — illustrating the classic story of natural selection in action. A friend of mine says those photographs are all he remembers about evolution from his undergraduate days. Before the mid-1800s, almost all peppered moths were light-colored, but during the industrial Read More ›

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“A Nuclear Bomb” for Evolution?

The discovery of a nearly 7-million-year-old skull has been hailed as “a small nuclear bomb” for evolution, “the most important fossil discovery in living memory,” and a “challenge to human origins.” Time said that the fossil might be “your very first relative.” An international team of scientists uncovered the mostly intact cranium–nicknamed Toumai (meaning “hope of life”)–along with two jawbone Read More ›

Sahelanthropus tchadensis Skull ( Toumai ) . Discovered in 2001 in Djurab desert in Northern Chad , Central africa . Dated to 7-6 million years ago
Sahelanthropus tchadensis Skull ( Toumai ) . Discovered in 2001 in Djurab desert in Northern Chad , Central africa . Dated to 7-6 million years ago

Latest fossil find: no proof of ape-like ancestry, Wells says

A chimpanzee-like skull in size and shape, a large brow akin to a gorilla and some human-like teeth — all features of the latest archaeological find, named “Toumai” — do not enhance the cause of Darwinian evolution. Jonathan Wells, one of the leading thinkers in the intelligent design movement, remains as doubtful of evolution as ever. “Proponents of Darwinian evolution Read More ›


This article appeared in a discussion on the topic of Intelligent Design published in the July/August, 2002 issue of Research News & Opportunities In Science And Theology. Other contributing writers included Karl Giberson, Michael Ruse, Michael Behe, Eugenie Scott, William Dembski, and Robert Pennock. In Joseph Heller’s classic novel about World War II, an aviator could be excused from combat Read More ›

Has Darwin Met His Match? – Letters:

For more information about David Berlinski – his new books, video clips from interviews, and upcoming events – please visit his website at     Thanks to Commentary for posting the letters and responses to David Berlinski’s “Has Darwin Met His Match?” These are delightful to read and we encourage you to print them off, find a corner where you Read More ›

Critics Rave Over Icons of Evolution

When my book Icons of Evolution was published in 2000, critics greeted it with rave reviews. I have been truly amazed at the outpouring of warmth from some of my fellow scientists, who have been trying to outdo each other in the superlatives they bestow on my work. In my case, however, “rave review” doesn’t mean extravagant praise, but wild Read More ›

Intelligent Design?

Three proponents of Intelligent Design (ID) present their views of design in the natural world. Each view is immediately followed by a response from a proponent of evolution (EVO). The report, printed in its entirety, opens with an introduction by Natural History magazine and concludes with an overview of the ID movement.The authors who contributed to this Natural History report are: Richard Milner and Read More ›

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Inherit The Spin

A year ago, I posted “Ten Questions To Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution.” On November 28, 2001, The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) posted its answers to my questions. According to the NCSE, many of the claims in my questions “are incorrect or misleading,” and they are “intended only to create unwarranted doubts in students’ minds about the Read More ›