Asked in Evolution
Has evolution been proved to be right?
November 20, 2012 7:02PM
Yes, evolution has been proven true.
Richard Lenski has been very precisely observing twelve cultures of E. coli bacteria since 1988 and has documented multiple occurrences of new genes appearing in the DNA of those bacteria.
Evolution is also still a "theory" having yet to be proven.
Before anyone starts bragging about the E. coli experiment that supposedly (but didn't) prove evolution. The end result, after 50,000 generations of breeding, with the experiment only proved life will find a way. It will adapt. Not evolve. Case in point... He got E. coli to live in an inhospitable environment, well, so do the Sherpa and Eskimos of today.
After 50,000 generations of E. coli breeding and experimentation... it has not evolved into another species.
50,000 generations ago... Humans were known as Homo erectus.
25,000 generations ago... Neanderthals were walking around.
There are SEVERAL complete species of change between modern humans and the ancestors walking around 1,000,000 years ago. And after 50,000 generations... he still has "just" E. coli.
We are still missing some key piece of evidence for the validation of evolution.
Technically, you can refute wrong ideas (hypotheses/theories) but you can never prove anything absolutely. Evolution is spectacularly evidence-supported. Evolution has no refutation. We are 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999% sure that evolution is true. Note how pedantic this. With all the evidence we might as well say that we are 100% sure that evolution is true and that evolution is a theory that is more than a theory (a fact). Evolution is correct and is accepted by all respectable scientists who accept it due to its evidence.