Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Evolution and the Boll Weevil

One thing that's interesting about the intelligent design folks is they're willing to acknowledge "micro-evolution" but not "macro-evolution." In other words, they'll acknowledge that bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and they say that's part of micro-evolution. But they say macro-evolution never happens. They say only the designer can create a new species.

I don't really understand where a line exists. At what point would micro-evolution stop? Just short of where the differences were too great for mating to occur? Why?

Anyway, that's what I thought about as I read this interesting article that addresses cotton farmers and their enemies, the Anthonomus grandis Boheman, more commonly known as the boll weevil.

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