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Flatfish vs. Creationists

July 30, 2012

A fossil has been found of primitive flatfish, one where its eyes are not quite fully on one-side of its head.  Here’s a very choice excerpt from an article on this in FIS:

Oxford University researcher Dr Matt Friedman found a fossil fish, named Heteronectes (meaning ‘different swimmer’), in 50 million-year-old marine rocks from northern Italy. The findings are described in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Friedman’s study provides the first detailed description of a primitive flatfish; he demonstrates that the migrated eye had not yet moved to the opposite side of the fish’s skull in early members of this group…

“This is a profound discovery which clearly shows that intermediate fossil forms, which according to certain creationist theories shouldn’t exist, are regularly turning up as scientists keep looking for them,” added Dr John Long of the Natural History Museum of LA County, an expert in fossil fishes who was not involved in the study. [bold added]

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