I have no idea what this is supposed to mean in relation to the evolution of the laryngeal nerve. It is purely descriptive of the anatomy and has nothing to do with its evolution."The vagus nerve in the stage 16 embryo is very large in relation to the aortic arch system. The recurrent laryngeal nerve has a greater proportion of connective tissue than other nerves, making it more resistant to stretch. It has been suggested that tension applied by the left recurrent laryngeal nerve as it wraps around the ductus arteriosus could provide a means of support that would permit the ductus to develop as a muscular artery, rather than an elastic artery"
- Gray's Anatomy, 39th edition 2005, p. 1053.
Typical Buck post...a total non sequitur.
Yes, Buck, and for every odd-ball biologist such as Lonnig I can post a thousand biologists that disagree with him. You should know by now that you can almost always find one "expert" that will take whatever position you are looking for. In Lonnig, you have succeeding in finding a crank that agrees with you. Congratulations.Biologist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig:
"So, today's evolutionary explanations (as is also true for many other so-called rudimentary routes and organs) are not only often in contradiction to their own premises but also tend to stop looking for (and thus hinder scientific research concerning) further important morphological and physiological functions yet to be discovered. In contrast, the theory of intelligent design regularly predicts further functions (also) in these cases and thus is scientifically much more fruitful and fertile than the neo-Darwinian exegesis."
Even Lonnig's own department at the Max Planck Institute criticized him for his anti-evolution views. He is on the fringe, no where near the mainstream of biology.
He is definitely off his rocker in his last sentence, because ID regularly predicts...nothing. It has no stated mechanisms (other than "some entity did something at sometime by unknown means"). Without clear, testable mechanisms one can not make any scientific predictions.
Today's reading assignment is on the laryngeal nerve and its implications of evolution.