Scientists Give Homage to Evolution for Killifish Adaptation

There's a family (not species) swimming around mainly in the Americas called killifish —

"Why do you want to kill the fish, Cowboy Bob? That's cruel!"

No, look closer. One word, three syllables. "Kill" is an old Dutch word for river; I live near the Catskills. So, the meaning of killifish is "fish of the brook". Of course, some killifish can be good eatin', but that's not the subject today.

So anyway, when industrialists were using Darwinian-based laissez-faire capitalism and dumping sewage into the water, they commenced to not only pollute, but killed off many critters as well as a passel of fish.

Scientists did some decent research on why killifish survive in areas others cannot, then they commenced to seeing evolution that is not there, and telling stories.
Waccamaw killifish image credit:
Fritz Rhode / North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources / public domain
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There was a song by the group 38 Special that had the line, "You see it all around you, good lovin' gone bad". Here's another instance of good science gone bad. Scientists examined the genomes of killifish to find out why they were surviving where other fish could not. They carry the equipment they need, built right in, for quick adaptation, as programmed by their Creator. Disingenuous proponents of scum-to-scamp evolution were committing atrocities against logic by making evolution into a sort of demigod with the ability to make decisions, and they conflated evolution with change; these bad boys did not turn into anything else. Once you get past the sneaky storytelling, there's a smattering of actual science happening.
 Industrialists dumped potent pollutants into Atlantic bays in the 1950s and 1960s, killing all kinds of fish. Even today, few fish brave those waters. A team of scientists led by Andrew Whitehead of University of California, Davis recently sequenced and analyzed the genomes of almost 400 Atlantic killifish to try to find out how these fish survive the polluted waters while other kinds don’t. They found good, scientific answers but framed them in wildly unscientific terms.

The researchers discovered that killifish survive by using their elaborate array of genes, including some that help them manage poisons. Like having Swiss army knives instead of flint knives, these fishes’ genetic gizmos enable them to solve more environmental challenges than other fish can handle. UC Davis News gave this finding a strong evolutionary spin:
To finish reading, click on "Fast-Changing Killifish Swim Past Evolution".