Gibson, James L., +quot;A Creationist view of chromosome banding and evolution+quot; Origi
Gibson, James L., "A Creationist view of chromosome banding and evolution"
Origins 13(1) 1986.
From the Geoscience Research Institute (Loma Linda University, Loma
Linda, CA 92350). From a synopsis:
Four hypotheses to explain similarities of chromosomal banding are
discussed. Such similarities could be the result of common design, of
common ancestry, of chance, or of the action of virus-like agents. The
hypothesis that chromosomal similarities could be due to chance seems
unreasonable. It seems more likely that virus-like agents would cause
differences between karyotypes than that they would change different
karyotypes to look similar. Common ancestry appears to be the most likely
basis for chromosomal similarities in species classified in the same genus,
and for some species classified in different genera. However, to extend
this explanation to higher taxonomic categories, in which similarities are
of lesser extent and of lower quality does not seem necessary. To a
creationist, it seems more probable that chromosomal similarities such as
are found within the artiodactyls, the carnivores, the marsupials or the
primates may be the result of common design.
This issue of Origins also contains a helpful summary of the recent
debate over the authenticity of Archaeopteryx and a lengthy review of
Michael Denton's book Evolution: "A Theory in Crisis [which isn't]."
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