Comments: Following a long absence due to a minor stroke, Richard Dawkins returned to public life. The following letter to The Guardian was not published.
Good to see Richard Dawkins being so pro-French (Letters, 6 May). Will that extend to his expressing admiration for the vindicated French evolutionary pioneer, Lamarck? Hugh Dower
Comments: Following an interview with Richard Dawkins in The Times, in which he revealed he had become vegetarian on the grounds of speciesism, I sent the following letter which was not published.
The judgement of history that Richard Dawkins should fear is not over speciesism (Saturday Interview, May 13) but over his condemnation of Lamarckism, which he once described as ‘deeply pernicious’. The science of epigenetics is now showing Lamarckian inheritance to be a reality, particularly in respect of diet. Accordingly, we owe our big brains to the fact that our ancestors were not vegetarian. Also, it would be setting ourselves apart from nature for us to assume a ‘higher moral calling’ – something Dawkins has always seemed loth to do. Hugh Dower
All that your Evolution article (Oldest Homo sapiens bones ever found shake foundations of the human story, June 8) proves is that homo erectus got around Africa (as well as Asia) and changed along the way. Ever since it was confirmed that Neanderthals bred with immigrant homo sapiens, it has seemed likely that there has only ever been one homo for almost two million years. Hugh Dower