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Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig’s Long-Necked Giraffe book now free online

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Readers have written to ask why Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig’s book, The Evolution of the Long-Necked Giraffe: (Giraffa camelopardalis L.) What do we really know? Testing the Theories of Gradualism, Macromutation, and Intelligent Design, is no longer available on Amazon:

“Darwin (1871) and many African folk legends before him […] proposed a simple but powerful explanation for the large and elongated shape. Long necks allowed giraffe to outreach presumed competitors, particularly during dry-season bottlenecks when leaves become scarce; (Simmons and Scheepers). However, this old African folk legend which is still commonly taught in high schools, fails to explain, among other things, the size differences between males and females. Giraffe cows are up to 1.5 meters shorter than the giraffe bulls, not to mention the offspring. The wide migration range of the giraffe and the low heights of the most common plants in their diet likewise argue against the dominant selection hypothesis. Also: 1) The fossil “links”, which according to the theory should appear successively and replace each other, usually exist simultaneously for long periods of time. 2) Evolutionary derivations based on similarities rely on circular reasoning. 3) The giraffe has eigh t cervical vertebrae. Although the 8th vertebra displays almost all the characteristics of a neck vertebra, as an exception to the rule the first rib pair is attached there. 4) The origin of the long-necked giraffe by a macromutation is, due to the many synorganized structures, extremely improbable. 5) Sexual selection also lacks a mutational basis and, what is more, is frequently in conflict with natural selection (“head clubbing” is probably “a consequence of a long neck and not a cause”; see also Mitchell et al. 2009). 6) In contrast to the thus-far proposed naturalistic hypotheses, the intelligent design theory is basically testable. 7) The long-necked giraffes possibly all belong to the same basic type inasmuch as 8) a gradual evolution from the short-necked to the long-necked giraffe is ruled out by the duplication of a neck vertebra and the loss of a thoracic vertebra. 9) Chance mutations are principally not sufficient to explain the origin of the long-necked giraffe. 10) The intelligent design theory offers an adequate and satisfying solution to the problems and points to numerous “old” and new research projects. 11) Mitchell and Skinner present a good analysis of the selectionist problem; however, their phylogenetic hypotheses presuppose the correctness of the synthetic evolutionary theory, and their claims of “intermediate forms” are unproven (similarly summary Part 2). Part 1 shows why Dawkins and Kutschera are wrong. The scientific facts speak for design. More.

We are told that Lönnig’s publisher went bankrupt and so he has put the book online free. Here.

Lönnig, late of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, is an expert on carnivorous plants. Readers may recall him, in connection with the carnivorous plant that tried to eat commenter and Darwin defender Nick Matzke (or something like that anyway; the details are here, here, here, here, and here).

See also: Plant biologist offers evidence to falsify Darwinism – the backstory


Geneticist W.-E. Loennig replies to Darwinist Nick Matzke: Which is more important: Darwin or facts?

F/N: Loennig, p. 5 (with details following) -- money shot clip: >>I have written to a number of paleontologists who are most familiar with mammal paleontology asking them the following question: "Is there a series of intermediate fossil forms between the short-necked (like Okapia) and long-necked giraffes (Giraffa)?" None of these evolutionary biologists was able to answer 'yes', although no doubt they would gladly have done so, if such links existed – not to mention that, in this case, the intermediate fossil forms would be published in every evolutionary textbook.>> Let's see what the response is. KF kairosfocus
De 7th grade education and stuff: http://www.weloennig.de/internetlibrary.html KF kairosfocus
OLV is just being sarcastic. Resistance to evolutionism is futile. Anything that shows evolutionism has problems is clearly wrong and obviously written by some uneducated cretin. All opposition is as Dawkins claimed:
“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that).”
So OLV is just playing their game and letting us know it is futile! ET
Great rebuttal everyone! 7th grade education allowed him to do research at the Planck institute for 25 years. They must have low standards! Besides the point. How about now tell us why he is wrong... I’m not saying whether he is or isn’t since I have not read the book. Clearly you all haven’t either. How about engage the actual topic for once instead of these moronic insults. cobracai
I bet he knows more about biology than Bob does. :razz: ET
It seems like the guy didn’t complete 7th grade education.
Probably not. I bet he learned his biology in a gymnasium. :-) Bob O'H
People should not have to pay in order to learn that Darwinism is a myth.
Agree. Fortunately they don't have to. For example, this website UD is free for anybody who wants to read it. OLV
The author of that book does not understand evolution because he is not familiar with basic biology principles. He's most probably a religious fanatic. It seems like the guy didn't complete 7th grade education. The same can be said about the folks who endorsed the book. OLV
This is exciting. People should not have to pay in order to learn that Darwinism is a myth. Mung

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