Discovery Institute Jumping the Shark

January 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm (Discovery Institute)

Creationist Casey Luskin, in another attempt to disprove evolution , misinterprets yet another paper.

Now, a new study in BMC Genomics, “Characterization of the heart transcriptome of the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias),” has found more genomic evidence that contradicts the standard vertebrate phylogeny.

No this is not correct; the paper does not show more genomic evidence that contradicts the standard vertebrate phylogeny; instead the paper simply shows that the proportion of proteins in certain biochemical categories, is more similar to human than to zebrafish – indicating that certain biochemical/physiological functions in white shark might be more similar to human than zebrafish – possibly, for example, endothermy.

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