If random mutation drives Evolutionary Theory then the absence of devolutionary examples IS indicating that the theory doesn't work that way.
100% false. Creatures adapt to their environment. That is the ONLY direction they head. Of course the mutations are random, but the environment is
not. Evolution as a whole is not. There is no backwards evolution or sideways evolution or even forward evolution. It's all about the environment
and creatures surviving environmental changes. If a creature has a mutation that isn't favorable for that environment, they die out, not "devolve".
The fact that there are no creatures that have "devolved" is further proof of natural selection and darwinian evolution.
The "mutations happening too fast" argument has already been debunked. First it was based on an older study. Newer studies show a lower rate of
mutation, and that the rate varies from individual to individual. There is no actual merit in that claim, and not a single scientist working on the
project has stated or concluded that the rate is too high for evolution to occur. It may lead to less diversity down the road OR pose a danger to our
species at some point, but we simply don't know enough about it to say for sure that darwinian evolution is wrong because of a rate of mutation that
we don't even know the full cause. It could be pollutants, environmental factors, or something else. Assuming that it means darwinian evolution is
wrong, is jumping the gun.
edit on 25-4-2012 by Barcs because: (no reason given)