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Author Topic:   On The Observability of Speciation
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Message 1 of 2 (504951)
04-06-2009 2:38 AM

Those who refute evolution point out that speciation has not been witnissed. Altough this can be a debate in and of its self, lets save it for another time.

I seek to make this point on the subject:

Given that the population of organisms consistantly under human inspection is significantly lower than that of organism populations at large, an observation of speciation is unlikely; furthermore, the recognition of an observed speciation as such is even more unlikely.

If you were to take a trip to the San Diego zoo you would see many variety of animals like Tigers, snakes, spiders, and turtles; however, the variety and number of animals in the zoo is miniscule when compared to all of the creatures in the earthes jungles, deserts, plains, swamps, and oceans.

Likewise, organisms in labs, like bacteria, represent a small portion of wild populations. With this said, to assume speciation is something which can be readily observed is ambitious and naive, to say the least.

Chances are speciation is not going to occur in a zoo or lab; it will happen in the wild. Most newly discovered living organisms are assumed to have been simply hidden from view ant not newly evolved.

I pose this question: How will we know speciation when we see it?

Please feel free to answer my question or add your own comments or ideas.

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Message 2 of 2 (504992)
04-06-2009 9:40 AM

Thread copied to the On The Observability of Speciation thread in the Biological Evolution forum, this copy of the thread has been closed.
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