Taxonomy alive and kicking : or how taxonomy can help debunking creationist thinkingTaxonomy alive and kicking : or how taxonomy can help debunking creationist thinking
Frias Martins, de, António M.
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Evolutionary ecology group (EVECO)
2011Ašores :Sociedade Afonso Chaves, 2011
Ašoreana : revista de Estudos Ašoreanos. - Ašores
(2011):S:7, p. 241-291
University of Antwerp
The present work aims at illustrating how taxonomy can provide an essential contribution to debunk creationist anti-evolutionary arguments. It does so by scrutinizing the taxonomic basis of the Atlas of Creation, the major opus of the Turkish creationist consortium operating under the pen name Harun Yahya. The basic aim of the Atlas of Creation is to prove that evolution does not occur by showing that fossil and recent organisms are identical, i.e. have not changed since their divine creation. However, the taxonomic foundation onto which this argument is built is completely flawed, up to the point of being hilarious. As such the Atlas of Creation has not the slightest biological credibility, let alone that it would represent a serious challenge for evolutionary theory. So taxonomy can indeed eff ectively contribute to countering creationist theories.