2004 Textbook Selectively Addresses “
the proposed 2004 Prentice Hall textbook
“Biology”, the Galapagos Island Finches are
discussed on several pages (406-410, 412-414).
A study conducted by the Grants is
referenced repeatedly as evidence for evolution in
progress, (specifically related to beak size
Nowhere in the text do the authors report
that what the Grants observed was an oscillating
variation in beak sizes, apparently dependent on
weather conditions and/or available food supplies.
What was actually observed was variation
within a species, not any net genetic change in a
beak sizes were observed to increase in size
during dry years, go back the way they were before
during normal years and actually shrunk during wet
is well known, and in fact, is reported in several
of the other proposed 2004 textbooks.
(See graph below from the 2004
is but one example of pro-evolution bias that
appears in varying degrees in all proposed books.
Importantly, it is an error of omission,
just as an omission by a student in giving an
incomplete answer is marked as wrong.
It should be promptly corrected.