Darwin or Lose by Edward Sisson

Darwin or Lose

Evolution’s Defense Attorneys Are Intent on Winning—Even If They’re Wrong

by Edward Sisson

Scientists used to believe that now-submerged land bridges once connected the continents, which they thought to be fixed and immobile. They had to explain how identical fossils of land animals could be found on continents separated by vast seas. No one had ever seen the continents move, and the thought that they might sounded fantastical. Thus, bridges must once have existed for the animals to walk across. But by the 1950s, scientists had collected sufficient data about the sea floor to show that there had never been any bridges, sparking an acrimonious debate until scientists developed the p . . .