Odd Fish Find Contradicts Intelligent-Design Argument
National Geographic Finds Opportunity to Conflate Intelligent Design with Creationism while Misreporting Fish Fossil
In fact, the paper’s author admits that according to the fossil record, we don’t know where the overall clade of flatfish came from, and that many types of flatifsh (including these new finds) appear around the same time in a “sudden” fashion:
Amphistium and Heteronectes are contemporaries of the earliest members of many derived pleuronectiform lineages, including the oldest known sole. The sudden appearance of anatomically modern pleuronectiform groups in the Palaeogene period matches the pattern repeated by many acanthomorph clades. Inferring interrelationships between higher groups in this explosive radiation has proved difficult, and an unresolved bush persists.
(Matt Friedman, “The evolutionary origin of flatfish asymmetry,” Nature, Vol. 454:209-212 (July 10, 2009).)