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Claim CB311.1:

Evolution can't explain a butterfly evolving from a caterpillar.


Brown, Walt, ~2000. Twenty questions for evolutionists.


  1. Butterflies don't evolve from caterpillars; butterflies develop from caterpillars. How it happens is a problem in developmental biology, not evolutionary biology. It is akin to the problem of how adult humans develop from embryos. It happens every day, so it obviously is not a theoretical difficulty.

    Fruit flies go through the same developmental stages as caterpillars and butterflies, and the research on fruit fly genetics is very extensive. Anyone who is interested in how butterflies develop is advised to look in that research.

  2. The evolution of metamorphosis is not a problem, either.

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