Client: Harper San Francisco

“Despite the scope of his synthesis, there was one set of facts that troubled Darwin—something he conceded his theory didn’t adequately explain…Darwin was puzzled by a pattern in the fossil record that seemed to document the geologically sudden appearance of animal life… known as the Cambrian.”
—Stephen C. Meyer

In, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms.