Evolution as loss of function: Newly discovered blind legless lizard
|May 13, 2011||Posted by News under Darwinism, science education|
Looks like a worm. Here:
The blind reptile looks like a snake, but it is actually a lizard that has evolved to live underground – losing its legs to enable it to push through the soil by wriggling its body.[ … ]
“Also most lizards are able to blink and snakes can’t,” Dr Daltry continued. “Although this new [underground] lizard has no eyes at all.”
– Victoria Gill, “blind legless lizard species discovered in Cambodia” BBC News, May 10, 2011
Rube’s kid: My science teacher pinned up a picture of this new lizard on the tackboard and said, There! Darwin was right! New species form all the time, acquiring new traits through natural selection …
Rube: Just a minute, son. Did she say that blind and legless are “new traits”? She really said that? You sure? Hmmm. Where’s that homeschooling mag those people gave me?