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Dear Time Editor,

Thank you for publishing the feature on prenatal development (11/11/02). Despite the usual disclaimers, the information provided should impress most people with the incredible design in life -- that indeed requires a Designer.

Yet your caption editor perpetuates the long discredited hoax of 19th Century embryologist Ernst Haeckel, that 40 day human embryos have gills and are indistinguishable from other organisms. (See http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs/380.asp and http://zygote.swarthmore.edu/evo5.html ) That must be what comes from a public school education, since textbooks still perpetuate the myth.

Ross Olson MD
5512 14th Ave. So.
Minneapolis MN 55417