Andrew Parker (zoologist)

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Andrew Parker (born 1967) (Ph.D. Macquarie University) is a zoologist who has worked on Biomimetics. He worked at the Natural History Museum in London, and from 1990 to 1999 he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow and is a Research Associate of the Australian Museum and University of Sydney and from 1999 until 2005 he worked at the University of Oxford.

Light Switch Theory and other popular science books[edit]

In his 2003 book In the Blink of an Eye, Parker proposes that the Cambrian Explosion, the sudden diversification in animal fossil forms at the start of the Cambrian Period, was due to the development of the vision faculty and the consequent intensification of predation.[1] In particular he concludes that predation with vision led to the development of hard body parts, explaining why the fossil record displayed the Cambrian Explosion at this point in time. The theory received varied reviews; while some were highly critical of the book and its central hypothesis,[2] the majority of others were highly positive.[3]

His 2006 book, Seven Deadly Colours, Parker describes the variety of methods of producing colour that have evolved in nature, and their implications for animal lifestyles.[4]

Parker is also an agnostic. His 2009 book The Genesis Enigma argues that the Book of Genesis (and especially chapter 1) is surprisingly accurate and in accord with science.[5] This caused him to conclude that the author of Genesis might have been inspired by God, although his work since demonstrates a neutral stance on religion.[6]


This Andrew Parker should not be confused with Andrew Parker, professor of physiology at St. John's College, Oxford, whose work includes research into binocular vision.


  1. ^ Parker, Andrew (2003). In the Blink of an Eye: How Vision Sparked the Big Bang of Evolution. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub. ISBN 0-7382-0607-5. 
  2. ^ Simon Conway Morris (2003) On the First Day, God Said..., American Scientist July–August 2003
  3. ^ Gert Korthof (2003) The Cambrian explosion and eye evolution solved at one stroke 22 June 2003
  4. ^ Parker, Andrew (2006). Seven Deadly Colours: the genius of nature's palette and how it eluded Darwin. Free Press. ISBN 0-7432-5941-6. 
  5. ^ Andrew Parker: Evolution, the light-switch theory and the scriptures South China Morning Post, April 19, 2015
  6. ^ Parker, Andrew (2009). The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible is Scientifically Accurate. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-61520-5. 

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