Botanists explain that flowers have four basic parts: sepals, petals, stamens and carpels. But new research shows that the daffodil’s trumpet is a fundamentally different thing. If similarities are such powerful evidence for evolution, then are differences such as the daffodil’s trumpet evidences against evolution? Of course not. As lead researcher, Oxford’s Professor Robert Scotland, explains:
The fascination for me has been because there are only four organs to most flowers, and because there’s so many different types of flowers and that basic system is highly conserved. The evolution of novelty within such a highly conserved but diverse system is interesting.
As this BBC video explains, the daffodil’s trumpet is an “example of evolution in action.” This reminds me of a debate I had with a professor who first claimed similarities between species were evidence for evolution, and then claimed differences between species were also evidence for evolution. I guess everything is evidence for evolution—that’s why it is true.