“Cetomimidae, a type of whalefish, had been known since the 19th century, but only females had been found. Seemingly related species called Mirapinnidae, or tapetails, and Megalomycteridae, or bignose fish, were identified in the 1950s and 1960s. Tapetails were only found as juveniles and bignoses only as males. The larvae would go to shallower depths looking for food. They would gorge themselves and then travel back down to lower depths as they continue to develop. The jaw of the males would fuse as their nose grew large to detect females. The females instead grow larger mouths to catch more prey where food is scarcer. G. David Johnson, an ichthyologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History said, “Although their skeletons indicated the three were related, there were so many differences no one could believe they were the same fish at different sexes or stages in life.” At least, no one wedded to Darwinist evolution and all of its assumptions. Johnson admitted, “It tells you how little we know about the deep sea.” So, what biologists previously “knew” were three separate species are now known to be the same species of different sexes at different stages. This testifies not only to the complexity of life God designed into all creatures from creation, but also how interpretations can vary according to preconceived ideas. Additionally, it shows how the modern classification of a species is often unnecessarily narrow.
Posted by: Rob Lester | November 21, 2011
One fish, two fish, not really a new fish