Saturday, 18 August 2012

Mutant Butterflies of Fukushima Do Not Help Evolution

Pseudozizeeria maha. Image courtesy of, via Wikipedia. A healthy butterfly looks like this, but the radiation that seeped out of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima has badly damaged the wings of some butterflies.

Joel Kontinen

Darwinian evolution would be in big trouble without mutations. Evolution needs change and this requires mutations that are like typos in a blog post.

Typos seldom improve a post.

The nuclear accident in Fukushima shows why mutations are no friends of the evolutionist. They have damaged the butterflies’ wings.

Natural selection cannot make use of such mutations.

Almost all mutations are harmful, but the evolutionist hopes that as millions of years go by, some mutations would turn out to be useful. Torn wings do not seem to be very useful for a butterfly, however.


Scientists say Fukushima caused mutant butterflies. Taipei Times (13 August 2012). The paper has a photo of a mutant butterfly with damaged wings.