Evolution under the microscope

Reviews

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

Dawkins argues that the apparent design of biological organisms is achieved through natural selection acting on a long series of finely separated intermediates. But the discrete nature of genes limits how small a step can be.
And his proposed scenarios completely ignore the realities of population genetics.

Why evolution is true by Jerry Coyne

Coyne doesn't just downplay the contrary evidence, he says that none exists – which is plainly false.
And he doesn't take seriously the genetic and biochemical implications of morphological novelties – a common failing by contemporary evolutionary biologists.

A pessimistic estimate of the time required for an eye to evolve by Dan-E. Nilsson and Susanne Pelger

The authors completely ignore the obligatory biochemical and genetic implications of evolving any new morphological structure.
And – it beggars belief! – their estimate of the time required for eyes to evolve through natural selection uses a model for artificial selection!