Mailbag: The Ardipithecus wait

I sense a touch of criticism regarding the grand unveiling of Ardi after 15 years wait. Now I've completed that sentence it makes sense. A large team spend 15 years on one species with a limited number of remains. How long did it take one man, Darwin, to develop, test, comminucate regarding and write one the world's most importantbooks? Remember without cars, email or phones any travel or questions/opinions would take considerably longer than today. S

Well, to be fair, Darwin did correspond and communicate with a much broader range of people, including many critics. This helped him identify weaknesses and errors in his thinking (and others’) more quickly….