„Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is the only workable explanation that has ever been proposed for the remarkable fact of our own existence, indeed the existence of all life wherever it may turn up in the universe.“

—  John Maynard Smith, p. xv.
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John Maynard Smith
1920 - 2004
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