This morning, I listened to BBC Radio 4’s Midweek programme (10/10/2012, 9 am) with Libby Purves. One of her guests was Jan Beccaloni, the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum (UK). Ms Beccaloni is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society.
The discussion largely centred around such things as flies and scorpions. Libby Purves commented that these kinds of creatures were often found fossilized in amber and that they haven’t changed much over millions of years. Ms Beccaloni, referring specifically to scorpions, replied (and I quote); ‘They were obviously very highly evolved for their habitats initially.’
Now, I’m not claiming to be a six day creationist, nor do I particularly believe that evolution somehow disproves the Christian message. But can some kind person explain to this ageing dunce what Ms Beccaloni’s reply might mean?