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An increased recapture rate suggests fraud in Kettlewell's data (Talk.Origins)

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This article (An increased recapture rate suggests fraud in Kettlewell's data (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CB601.4:

In one of Bernard Kettlewell's peppered moth studies, his moth recapture rate increased greatly beginning on July 1. July 1 was also the date on which E. B. Ford sent Kettlewell a letter commiserating with him for the low recapture rates. This suggests that Kettlewell cheated to increase his recapture rates.

Source:

  • Hooper, Judith, 2002. Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale. New York: W.W. Norton

CreationWiki response:

Talk Origins seems to be correct on this point. At best this claim would be impossible to prove.

It needs to be noted that the traditional peppered moth story is no way a threat to creation science. Not only do the peppered moths remain peppered moths but it does not even represent a change in the peppered moth gene pool but only a temporary shift in populations. The fact that Evolutionists even consider this evidence for evolution is a sign of desperation.


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