In New Scientist we find the following article:
A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers’ eyes. It’s the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait.
This is in reference to the E. coli culture in Richard Lenski’s lab that after 20 years and 44,000 generations became able to digest the citrate in their agar. Nevermind that E. coli can normally digest citrate in anaerobic conditions and that being able to digest citrate in aerobic conditions is a very common ability in many different bacterial species. Also nevermind that aerobic citrate metabolism has been reported in E. coli before so this wasn’t the first time it “evolved”. Ignore the fact that E. coli already has a suite of enzymes to metabolize citrate and all it’s missing is a way of getting citrate molecules across its cell membrane in the presence of oxygen. Mike Behe already pointed out all these things which show what a trivial bit of evolution this really is and how it falls well inside the ability of random mutation & natural selection that he describes in “The Edge of Evolution”.
Nevermind all that. I want to focus on the statement in the subject line of my article here – how this is the first time evolution has been caught in the act.
So if this is the first time, what was all the so-called “overwhelming evidence” of evolution prior to the year 2008? The theory of evolution is being marketed like toothpaste. Now we have a new and improved product in that for the first time we really do have evidence of it. Like when Crest toothpaste gets a new formulation and is marketed as “new and improved”. We’re not supposed to think about how the old Crest that was being sold to us was really “old and inferior”.
Well folks, DO think about it. And do not “nevermind” how trivial the new evidence really is. This is a grand admission that the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution is 19th century junk science that was never supported by anything more than wishful thinking that science had provided an answer to one of nature’s deepest mysteries – the origin and diversification of life. This trivial bit of bacterial adaptation to a food source is being used like sandpaper in an attempt to polish the turd called evolutionary theory and just goes to show you can’t polish a turd.