A visit to the zoo is an exercise in diversity. Encountering all that variation in life-forms in a short time span makes you wonder if they could all have emerged from the same template.
It is a trick the mind cannot grasp. We see the results of billions of years of evolution, but we cannot fathom that vast stretch of time. Our sense of history is limited, and what we cannot imagine we hesitate to believe.
A visit to the apes section is all that is needed to redeem one’s faith in Darwin. Fortunately, it isn’t far from the exit.