When I first introduced my ideas about hierarchical endosymbiosis to an online scientific forum (prior to writing this blog) it was met not with intellectual skepticism but something bordering on reactionary derision. I suppose that’s the way it always has been and may always be for those who do not toe the dogmatic line. (More about that under the page tab: “Rantings of a Mad Scientist”.) The general consensus of the parties that would actually converse with me about this was that everything I was saying could be explained by simple gene duplication over eons of time because there was plenty of time for it occur. On the surface, this seems reasonable enough, and I would agree with this statement except for one “tiny” wrinkle: The fastest wins the race, every time. Every time! Consider the first mass produced automobile. Let us assume for a moment that there are only two potential automobile producers. The first one makes cars one bolt at a time, and manages to get a complete engine built by the end of the day. The other one uses preassembled parts and gets an engine built within several hours. By the end of the day, this company has five automobiles ready for market using less manpower, less time, and less energy. Which one will survive and which one will go under?
That is the power of hierarchical endosymbiosis over simple gene duplication. You can read all about it right here in this blog.