So it seems, at least from a Big Science book defending Darwinism:
In a post yesterday, I discussed the book Science and Creationism, published by the National Academy of Sciences. I asked, “Are Galápagos Finches ‘Evolution in Action’?” In the next edition of the book (2008/2017), now called Science, Evolution and Creationism, I noted something utterly surprising. This “particularly compelling example of speciation,” the profound contributions of Peter and Rosemary Grant to our understanding of the evolutionary process, this example of evolution in action, all of it had now been completely deleted!
But why? How could the authors suddenly do this? Some of the following points may be considered, based on material from even years before 2008. See, for example, Lönnig 1993, pp. 196/1971; and Jonathan Wells, Icons of Evolution (2000), pp. 159-176. In 2017, Evolution News reported on the often limitless evolutionary extrapolation from the variation in the Geospizinae (the subfamily to which the Galápagos finches belong) to the origin of species and higher systematic categories in general. See, “Darwin’s Finches: An Icon Gets Retouched.” …Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, “Galápagos Finches and a Surprising Deletion” at Evolution News
It was just hybridization, really. Not the fountain of explicitly Darwinian speciation that neo-Darwinian theory needed.
Look on the bright side. Darwinism may be endangered but the birds aren’t, or not necessarily. Hey, we can live with that.
Longtime readers will, of course, remember Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig in connection with the dreadful carnivorous weed that tried to eat Darwinian evolutionary biologist Nick Matzke. Lönnig is a specialist in carnivorous plants (among the most interesting in the entire kingdom, of course).
See also: Preparing the public for the slow demise of Darwinian evolutionary theory
Mike Behe’s new A Mousetrap for Darwin is available today and that’s the position he takes. That’s our sense too. What about New Scientist’s thirteen reasons for moving past Darwin and the doubts about speciation? Whatever else maybe said of these folk, they are not currently suffering from Darwinbrain. We need to distinguish between rubbish dropkicked from one edition to the next of a public school textbook and what alert minds are really thinking. And they’re really thinking that it’s time to move on.