JUST SO: The Microbe-To-Man Evolution Story Is Dumb, Bad Science. Why Do Our Kids Learn It As Fact?
1) the so-called "problems" are not specified. No valid problems are ever specified, Some fake problems are mentioned later that count on the ignorance and bias of readers.
We need to smush two tiny paragraphs by LaGard Smith to get anything to refute.
So there is a major load of lies, (or just really stupid) in this paragraph.
First, that the “tree of evolution” (illustrating evolution’s bedrock assumption of common descent) could never have happened in actual fact.”
The fact is that the branching pattern of species relationships was known before Darwin. Darwin’s life work was to try to explain what was already known in the 1700s. LaGard’s next lie is that there is any barrier to sexual reproduction. Every single step in biological evolution is still preserved either in survivors, or in our genes. LaGard goes into the crazy land with the assertion that there were, “… the first-ever male and female reptiles, mating and reproducing as no amphibians before them.” That is either dishonest, or insane. To the best of my knowledge, and a solid literature search, amphibians are mostly sexual. There are some asexual amphibians. There are more asexual reptiles than amphibians. Oddly, the genetics of the reptiles are more permissive than others. They occasionally allow all female populations to persist.
His biggest lie is that we want to hide this “fact” from school children. It is frauds like him that want to lie to children.
LaGard closes with a misreading of Jerry Coyne. It is easy to misread Jerry Coyne.
The particular problem is that the “cladistics” fanboys insist they are smarter then Darwin, and have destroyed the old (dead) man’s taxonomic approach.