"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Why didn't the dead Jeebus know this stuff?
Mercury is not in the Goldilocks Zone but most likely millions of planets in other solar systems are at an appropriate distance from their stars for life to get a foothold there.