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Evolution and the ugliest aroid

  • Subject: Evolution and the ugliest aroid
  • From: "Eduardo Goncalves" <edggon@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 13:00:13 -0600 (CST)

Dear aroiders,

    Ok, I have tried to be out of the discussion. We can´t discuss faith, 
but I have seen that many of you have lost the last 150 years! The diversity 
of aroids is one of the best proof of evolution as a fact, not as a theory 
to be tested. Subspecies (in a evolutionary sense) are everywhere! If you 
start to study any group, you will be overwhelmed by evolutionary evidence. 
Species complexes such as Philodendron bipinnatifidum and Anthurium harrisii 
are perfect subjects to observe the hell of evolution "under construction". 
Take a look out of the greenhouse and you will see.
    Anyway, if you want to learn a little more about "modern" evolution 
theory take a look at the following books:

1. Darwin, C.R. (1859). The origin of species by means of Natural Selection 
- It is THE BOOK. Despite almost everybody knows it, almost nobody have read 
it! Try! It is still modern, even considering Darwin knew nothing about DNA.

2. Dawkins, R. (1986). The blind watchmaker. A serious argument about 
Darwin´s theory. Try it too, it will not hurt you!

     There are maaaaany other books, but those are enough if you want to 
understand the basis for the evolution. There are many questions to be 
answered and some serious critiscisms on Darwin´s theory, mainly concerning 
the pace of evolution. Some scientists really thinks that evolution can be 
faster than it was expected by Darwin. I personally agree with them. The 
nature of morphogenesis can lead to somewhat fast transitions. Anyway, 
nobody could seriously prove that Darwin was wrong in essence. The details 
of the process are still waiting to be discovered, but Evolution can be 
considered a scientific fact, despite some of us will not feel confortable 
with it.

   By the way, I want to also vote in the ugliest aroid. In my opinion, the 
ugliest aroid ever is Epipremnum pinnatum cv. aureus (golden pothos). The 
second place would be those variegated Alocasia macrorrhizos! Any other 
vote?  :o)

                          Very best wishes,


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