Icons of Evolution FAQs
reationist Jonathan Wells, an intelligent-design
advocate affiliated with the Discovery Institute, has written a book entitled
Icons of Evolution, which states that some of the best-known evidences
for evolution -- such as the peppered moths, the Miller-Urey abiogenesis experiment,
and the finches of the Galápagos islands -- are false, fraudulent or misrepresented
in college-level textbooks. Articles found here refute Wells' book and demonstrate
that the traditional, mainstream-science-supporting interpretations of these "icons"
Icon of Obfuscation
Nick Matzke's long and comprehensive article lists Wells' "icons" and refutes
his claims one by one, showing how in each case it is Wells who has
promoted deceptive interpretations of these famous evidences for evolution.
Jonathan Wells and Darwin's Finches
This article examines one of Wells' "icons" -- the finch species of the
Galápagos islands -- in greater detail, showing how Wells' claims about them
do not stand up to scrutiny.
Wells and Haeckel's Embryos
A biologist reviews the embryology "icon" in detail and shows that
contrary to Wells that embryos are evidence for evolution.
Icons of Human Evolution
A review of the "From Ape to Human: The Ultimate Icon" chapter of
is part of the Fossil Hominids section
of this Archive.
Kansas Evolution Hearings: Testimony of Jonathan Wells
A transcript of the testimony given by Wells in the so-called
"science hearings" of May,
In 2006, Wells published a new book called
Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. The Panda's Thumb has a detailed
reviews of this factually incorrect book: