Paul Nelson highlighted new developments in the Peppered Myth story here.
Now Jonathan Wells, a scientist at the Discovery Institute, offers a more detailed analysis in Exhuming the Peppered Mummy.
A friend of mine tells me that the only things he remembers about evolution from his high school biology course are photos of black and white peppered moths resting on light and dark tree trunks. They were presented as THE classic case of Darwinian evolution in action, explaining how a trait that enhances survival could be acquired through an unguided material process.
Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, most biology textbooks featured photos of peppered moths (scientific name: Biston betularia) on tree trunks.1 Canadian textbook-writer Bob Ritter explained why in 1999: High school students are Ã¢â‚¬Å“very concrete in the way they learn,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The advantage of this example of natural selection is that it is extremely visual.Ã¢â‚¬Â2
Soon after 2000, however, the peppered myth succumbed to mounting scientific criticisms. The most embarrassing was that peppered moths in the wild donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t normally rest on tree trunks, and the textbook photos had been staged Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as The New York Times pointed out in an article on scientific fakery in 2002…..