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Talk:Thomas Henry Huxley

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Thomas Huxley was not a staunch defender of natural selection[edit]

On the article it reads that Huxley was "a staunch defender of the theory of evolution by natural selection." Huxley was not a staunch defender of natural selection, he never committed himself to embrace it in any of his writings.

"Huxley, for example, was never enthusiastic about Darwin's theory of natural selection. He preferred to think of saltations, or mutational jumps, as the main evolutionary mechanism. Huxley's uncertainty about natural selection affected how he popularized evolution. In The Crayfish: An Introduction to the Study of Biology (1880), Huxley's contribution to the International Scientific Series, he pushed his readers to accept evolution but never discussed the role of natural selection. George John Romanes (1848-94) was another key popularizing Darwinism. Unlike Huxley, he scrupulously defended the theory of evolution by natural selection."

Reference: Lightman, Bernard. (2010). Darwin and the Popularization of Evolution. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 64 (1): 5-24.

Other references:

"In spite of dubbing himself "Darwin's bulldog," he was skeptical of the two basic tenets of Darwin's theory — natural selection and gradualism."

Reference: Flynn, Tom. (2007). The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. Prometheus Books. p. 411

The Marine (talk) 12:48, 3 June 2018 (UTC)