Neil Shubin on Misconceptions About Evolution

By Jeremy Manier

This blog will cover a lot of research that happens beyond the walls of this university, but with some of the world’s leading authorities on Darwin and evolutionary biology just a short walk away, I wanted to collect some of their thoughts about Darwin Day.

Here’s Neil Shubin, bestselling author of “Your Inner Fish” and leader of a team that made one of the great paleontological finds in recent history – Tiktaalik roseae, also called the “fishapod.” Neil keeps a funny little Darwin toy in his office that he uses to explain a central misconception about evolution – the idea that evolution always progresses toward ever greater complexity.

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