I am with Mokele. *I believe evolution has been proven for a long time. *Those indeviduals that feel they are too good to be decendant from apes or ape like creatures just irritate me. *We have found the missing link that apes and humans decended from a common ancestor. *The aminal split up into 3 different branches of the family tree. *One going to the apes, one going to neadertal, and one going to homo erectus. *(I hope I got those right) *Then further down the tree erectus and neadertal hybridized and became one group again. *The neadertal(sp) features are seen in some indeviduals today. *The protruding forhead and eyebrows to be one of them that comes to mind. *I know someone with those features. *It makes sence that the neadertals didn't die out like previously expected. *They were stronger and taller than other humanoids of the time, and just as smart. *There brain sizes and the fact that they also used tools points to that. *It never made sence that they would have just died out. *According to a show on cavemen scientist now believe they didn't die out, but intigrated with homo erectus ( I sure hope that was the correct species. *Anyway I think you get the jist of what I am saying)
So I stand firmly that evolution has been prooven beyond a reasonable doubt to be True. *The "Faithful" that believe they were the begining of the blodlines have no proof to stand there ground. *Inteligent design holds no water either. *It is not as simple as reverse engineering the cilia motor of a bacteria to prove inteligent design. *Evolution can have many intermediate steps that are unseen or it can make leaps from one stage to the other rather drasticly with major mutations. *You cannot say that the cilia motor of a bacteria is too complicated to be designed by evolution. *There argument is that if you remove one component of the motor it does not work so if evolution slowly adds one peice to the motor every mutation and the motor is useless without all the parts then it had to be designed that way because natural selection would not have kept the motor around long enough for it to have been finished by evolution. *That is why I say evolution can happen in leaps.
Since we do not know the full workings of how DNA functions, we cannot fully understand the minute workings on evolution. *Like Mokele said manipulating one gene can affect manydifferent things. *Since one singel gene can affect expression on one or more different genes, and different combinations can affect many different aspects of developement. *So realy all a mutaion had to do was change one gene and Bam everything falls into place for the cilia motor to be formed. *Then that gene is kept because it helps the species like natural selection says.
Then you also have to look at this. *Evolution does not always keep the good trates over bad ones. *Sometimes undesireable trates are kept or conditions change making the kept evolutionary changes obsolete.