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so what's that 10th question?

For the last of his '10 questions to ask your biology teacher', Jonathan Wells offers:

EVOLUTION A FACT? Why are we told that Darwin's theory of evolution is a scientific fact -- even though many of its claims are based on misrepresentations of the facts? 

Well, first up I'd say that evolution is both fact & theory - there's a huge body of evidence that shows that evolution has happened (the fact) & there's also a good scientific explanation for how that evolutionary change came about (the theory).

Secondly - the modern theory of evolution has built on & expanded the mechanism that Darwin published nearly 150 years ago. Molecular biology, Mendelian & population genetics, information from embryology & biogeography & geology - they've all added to our understanding of how life's diversity has evolved. (And nowhere - nowhere - have we seen data that would invalidate evolutionary theory.)

And thirdly - as you would have seen in my previous posts on the rest of Wells' specious questions - there is nothing to suggest that the theory of evolution is based on misrepresentations of the facts!

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