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Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age.
This fact immediately suggested a singular event - that at some time in the distant past the universe began expanding from an extremely small size. To many people this inference was loaded with overtones of a supernatural event - the creation, the beginning of the universe.
The theory of undirected evolution is already dead, but the work of science continues.
The question of how the eye works - that is, what happens when a photon of light first impinges on the retina - simply could not be answered at that time.
The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead, even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.
The basic structure of proteins is quite simple: they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete subunits called amino acids.
Skin is made in large measure of a protein called collagen.
Since natural selection requires a function to select, an irreducibly complex biological system, if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.
Science is not a game in which arbitrary rules are used to decide what explanations are to be permitted.
Proteins are the machinery of living tissue that builds the structures and carries out the chemical reactions necessary for life.
It was only about sixty years ago that the expansion of the universe was first observed.
It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection.
It is often said that science must avoid any conclusions which smack of the supernatural.
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