This is a FYI post. As I’m given to say: another day, another bad day for Darwinism.
Years ago, it became apparent that with whole gene analysis (WGA), either the case for, or against Darwinism, and vice-versa, would happen. Population genetics looks at very small part of the genome, a limitation that is obviated through WGA. And, so, ‘new discoveries’ are happening. In this particular case, it has to do with angiosperms (flowering plants).
What they’ve found is that new features appear early on in its phylogeny, and then, only later, is there great speciation, or diversification. This is pretty much OPPOSITE of Darwinian expectations. Darwin would presumably argue that through diversification of species, little-bit by little-bit, some new feature would emerge, and, with that new feature, a new genus, or a new family would be detected. They’re finding it’s the other way around. Looks like Darwinism is losing.
Here’s a wonderful quote:
“Evolution is not what we previously thought,” said Smith, who works in the laboratory of Brown biologist Casey Dunn. “It’s not as if you get a flower, and speciation (rapidly) occurs. There is a lag. Something else is happening. There is a phase of product development, so to speak.”
“During the early evolution of these groups,” Smith said, “there is the development of features that we often recognize to identify these groups visually, but they don’t begin to speciate rapidly until after the development of the features.”