This thought-provoking book questions fundamentally some of the foundation stones of Darwinism, which have become almost scientific 'givens' in recent years. Using detailed biological arguments and his own intricate knowledge of anatomy gained through training and work as a doctor, Antony Latham challenges the suggestion that the flora and fauna of the world in which we live have come about through a series of astonishingly unlikely mutations. The author differentiates between micro-evolution, for which there is indisputable evidence, and macro-evolution. The former simply involves the reorganisation of existing DNA to bring about adaptations which are clearly to a creature's advantage. The latter claims to involve the introduction of completely new DNA in evolutionary change; it is this premise that he takes head on. In doing this he also looks in fascinating detail at the fossil record.
Antony Latham is a doctor working in general practice in the Outer hebrides, Scotland. After qualifying in medicine in Trinity College Dublin, he worked for nine years in East Africa before settling with his family on the Isle of Harris.