June 21, 2005 // 12:10 pm // Comments Closed // Share This

Evolution of the Eye

A student recently emailed with the following question: "Isn't it true that Darwin admitted before he died that he couldn't explain the complexity of the human eye?" Here is my answer: Darwin did say that the eye gave him a problem based on his theory of gradual evolution, but he did not say it at the end of his life. He wrote it in his book, On the Origin of Species, published in 1859. Darwin mentioned the eye by way of illustrating how an organ this complex "could" have evolved. But then, instead of providing a scientific explanation, showing actual evidence from the fossil record for example, Darwin proceeds to...