on evolution

here’s a comment that was recently submitted to one of my frogspawn time-lapse videos over at youtube:

“frogs are a good example of evolution seeing as it only take a month or 2 for them to grow”

ontogeny (the development of an individual organism) may be a glimpse into the evolutionary history of a species, but on the other hand, evolution has nothing to with one soft, translucent piece of frog spawn developing into a tadpole.
while evolution is a shift in genetic information during hundreds or thousands of generations, a tadpole growing legs is just part of its existing genetic programme.

i think if people actually knew what the theory of evolution is all about, there wouldn’t be half as much agitation against it.

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