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In places, light moths increased before lichens reappeared (Talk.Origins)
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In the Wirral Peninsula, East Anglia and Michigan, the proportions of light moths increased before any lichens had reappeared on the trees. This is a serious problem for the theory that industrial melanism is due to cryptic coloration and selective predation.
- Wells, Jonathan, 1999. Second thoughts on peppered moths. This classical story of evolution by natural selection needs revising.
- Wells, Jonathan, 2000. Icons of Evolution, Washington DC: Regnery Publishing Inc., pp. 137-157.
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 there is not even a change in the peppered moth gene pool—only a temporary shift in populations. The fact that Evolutionists even consider this evidence for evolution is a sign of desperation.
While Talk Origins adequately responded to the specifics of this claim, their responses still show that Wells was right about the traditional peppered moth story: more than camouflage is responsible for the observed changes in peppered moth population.