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New scientific book highlights false claims of evidence for Darwinian evolution

A brand new book, "Icons of Evolution" (Regnery, 2000), by molecular biologist Dr. Jonathan Wells highlights how mythology, falsehoods and hoaxes within today's scientific circles pass for evidence of Darwinian evolution.

Icons of Evolution tackles ten of the most prominent arguments neo-Darwinists use as examples of evidence for evolution and shows how each is misrepresented and misused to support Darwin's theory of naturalism.

"Dogmatic Darwinists claim that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution," said Wells, a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. "Then they misrepresent the evidence to promote their view. The truth is, nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evidence."

In fact, says Wells; "it turns out that the evidence is not evidence at all. Over the past decade known scientific frauds were put forth as evidence for evolution, such as Haeckel's faked embryo drawings and the myth of the peppered moth."

Many leading high school and undergraduate biology textbooks present students with drawings of similarities between fish and human embryos, and claim that these similarities are evidence that fish and humans share a common ancestor. "Embryologists have known for over a century that these drawings were faked," said Wells.

Photographs of light- and dark- colored moths on tree trunks are used to teach students how natural selection altered the proportions of the two forms when trees were darkened by pollution during the industrial revolution. Scientists have known since the 1980s that the moths do not even rest on tree trunks, and all of the pictures have been staged, Wells added. "In "Icons of Evolution" Jonathan has brilliantly exposed the exaggerated claims and deceptions that have persisted in standard textbook discussions of biological origins for many decades, in spite of contrary evidence," said Dr. Dean Kenyon Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University. "He has done us all, the scientific community, educators, and the wider public, a great service."

Besides Haekel's fraudulent drawings and the myth of the peppered moth, some of the other false or misleading images described in detail by Dr. Wells in "Icons of Evolution" include:

  • a laboratory flask containing a simulation of the earth's primitive atmosphere, in which electric sparks produce the chemical building-blocks of living cells;
  • the evolutionary tree of life, reconstructed from fossil and molecular evidence;
  • similar bone structures in a bat's wing, a porpoise's flipper, a horse's leg, and a human hand that point to their origin in a common ancestor;
  • fruit flies with an extra pair of wings, showing that genetic mutations can provide the raw materials for evolution;

"Wells demonstrates with stunning clarity that the textbook examples Darwinists themselves chose as the pillars of their theory are all false or misleading," said Dr. Michael Behe, author of "Darwin's Black Box," and Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

"This is one of the most important books ever written about the evolution controversy," said Phillip E. Johnson, professor of law, University of California at Berkeley, author of "The Wedge of Truth" and "Darwin on Trial." "It shows how devotion to the ideology of Darwinism has led to textbooks which are full of misinformation."

Dr. Wells is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for of Science and Culture and has a Ph.D. one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of the forthcoming book Icons of Evolution (Regnery, Oct. 2000) and Charles Hodge's Critique of Darwinism (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988).

For more information on Dr. Jonathan Wells and "Icons of Evolution" visit http://www.iconsofevolution.com on the internet. For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Dr. Wells, contact the Center for Science and Culture at (206) 292-0401 ext. 107, or send e-mail to cscinfo@discovery.org