Icons of Anti-Evolution

This website is a work in progress. It is devoted to rebuttals of the arguments put forth by John Corrigan "Jonathan" Wells's book Icons of Evolution. This site is the collaborative effort of several authors.


Links to Other Sites discussing "Icons"

Icon of Obfuscation: Talk Origins takes on "Icons"

Padian, Gishlick review of Icons (March 2002 Quarterly Review of Biology ):

Massimo Pigliucci's Review Page

Dave Ussery's Review Page

Don Lindsey's Review Page

From Science 6/01: Fatally Flawed Iconoclasm
- A review by Eugenie C. Scott

"The Talented Mr. Wells," by Kevin Padian (Berkeley)

"Creationism by Stealth" - Jerry Coyne reviews "Icons"

"An Iconoclast for Evolution?" by Larry D. Martin

and Wells's Response...

Arthur Lodge examines "Industrial Melanism"


"10 Questions for Teachers" from the Wells "Icons" Page

"10 Answers for Teachers" - from NCSE

Wells responds to NCSE...

One of Wells's Questions: "DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE. Why don’t textbooks discuss the “Cambrian explosion,” in which all major animal groups appear together in the fossil record fully formed instead of branching from a common ancestor--thus contradicting the evolutionary tree of life?"

NCSE's Answer: "Wells is wrong: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals all are post-Cambrian--aren’t these “major groups”? .... "

Wells's Response: "The NCSE is wrong: Fish DID make their first appearance in the Cambrian explosion. ..." He cites several articles, including this one: Jun-Yuan Chen, Di-Ying Huang and Chia-Wei Li, “An early Cambrian craniate-like chordate,” Nature 402 (1999), 518-522.

Click HERE (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v402/n6761/fig_tab/402518a0_F1.html) to see the animal Wells is calling a "fish."

Haikouella lanceolata

 Additional Resources:

Author Vita

Suggested Readings

An Essay on "Dogmatic Darwinists"

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