Re: Acceptance of macroevolution

Arthur V. Chadwick (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 18:52:29 -0800

At 06:44 PM 12/11/97 -0600, Wesley wrote:

>Macroevolution is defined by most biologists as evolution which
>results in species-level change or higher. Because speciation
>has been observed to happen, it is almost universally the case
>that denial of observed phenomena doesn't happen.

That is a new use of the term "macroevolution". I have seen it used to
refer to everything except speciation. This perversion of the usual use of
the word is designed to attempt to force every change into macroevolution
and thus remove one of the strongest objections to biological
macroevolution: it has never been observed. But never mind that. Give me
some examples of the speciation events that have been observed to happen
(again not that I have any doubt about it happening, but I am not aware of
any cases that have been observed happening).