Saturday, November 8, 1997
by Dr. Eugenie Scott
Good morning. I am very pleased to be here
at Cal Academy, one of my favorite places. The theme of this
first Bioforum Seminar for 1997 is evolution, and there is
a reason for this. The great geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky
wrote an article for the American Biology Teacher. The
title of the article was "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense,
Except in "the Light of Evolution." That is a very strong
statement. What do you suppose he meant? I think that Dobzhansky
was saying that evolution is the reason why things in biology
are as they are, and not some other way.
National Center for Science Education
For example, life on earth is very diverse.
There are many species. Well, why is there this diversity of organisms?
Why does life on earth come in so many different packages?
|Th. Dobzhansky, ABT, 1973
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution
Why do all the terrestrial vertebrates
have this four on the floor tetrapod pattern that everybody is
familiar with? Why do we have only one bone close to the body,
two bones external to that? Why not have three bones close to
the body? Why don't some creatures have wheels? Why are things
as they are instead of some other way?