James Shapiro’s theory of evolution

It’s Lamarckian, too!

(From Pastis’s strip on GoComics):

h/t: Steve


  1. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I’ll bet Bob wished he was a crokoduck. Either duck, or croak.

    • Posted March 18, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      You seem less … feline … ?


      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

        Yes, WP was making me less feline good.

        I think I have fixed that now.

  2. gillt
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Is this a refutation of epigenetics?

    • BillyJoe
      Posted March 19, 2012 at 2:31 am | Permalink

      No. Epigenetics is on firm ground. After all, it is epigentics that makes it possible for the different cells in the body to be different despite identical genomes.
      But it IS a refutation of the excesses of epigentics.

      James Shapiro elevates epigentics to the role of the major cause of evolutionary change. That’s Lamarckism. In fact, epigentics is the result of “Darwinian” evolution and plays a minor role in survival through perhaps a few generations which could not possibly make it a mechanism for evolutionary change.

      • gillt
        Posted May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

        The tools of epigenetics, ChiP and MeDIP seq, and transcriptomes analysis to name a few, haven’t yet caught on to any appreciable extent in the phylogenetics community. Next Gen sequencing is still a novel concept for biologists outside human research. So you can’t possibly take an account of the full extent of its role. The literature isn’t sufficient to make that determination. In other words, you’re being dogmatic.

  3. Jim Thomerson
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I liked the earlier strip where it was explained that newts are not reptiles. They, and all reptiles except birds are included in the informal term herptiles. Many herpetologists unashamedly study lizards, turtles, salamanders, frogs, and whatever in defiance of formal phylogenetic taxonomy.

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      Huh, I’m a ‘herpetologist’ but I mostly work on birds and mammals these days (day job). Call me an amniotologist (or ophiologist, currently slumming for bread).

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