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No. 50: Mar-Apr 1987

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The Melanic Moth Myth

"The peppered moth remains one of the best examples of evolution in action. But as in so many other cases, the real story is turning out to be more complicated than the biologists first thought."

Several details don't match the moth propaganda. For example, all the photos show the moths resting out in the open on tree trunks, whereas they actually rest inconspicuously under branches and where branches join the tree trunk.

(Cherfas, Jeremy; "Exploding the Myth of the Melanic Moth," New Scientist, p. 25, December 25, 1986.)

Comment. Since no new species of moth have arisen (merely population shifts between dark and light phases), why do evolutionists make so much out of this?

From Science Frontiers #50, MAR-APR 1987. � 1987-2000 William R. Corliss