Pitcher Plants: Evolved or Designed

Carnivorous plants have fascinated humanity for centuries. Even Charles Darwin (Darwin, 1875) took time from reshaping the scientific landscape to write about these bizarre plants. Pitcher plants are one of the more well-known variants of carnivorous plants. They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors, and are somewhat popular as ornamental plants. According to current research, they have a very interesting evolutionary history as well.

Rooting the Tree of Life

I’ve written about phylogenetics before, numerous times, but I wanted to get into something a little more practical and deep at the same time today. I wanted to explain how the evolutionists try to root their overarching tree of life. Most phylogenetic trees focus on small groups of animals. However, for evolution to be true, all life must go back to a common ancestor. That means that somewhere, the evolutionists need to plant the tree of life, aka “root” it on some, likely now-extinct species. Let’s have a look at how they do it.