This is a clear falsification of an evolutionary expectation expressed across many years, and widely held by a consensus of experts.
Methylation of key development genes represses their expression, and with it eye development, in this venerable icon of evolution.
This makes no sense in light of evolution.
“The origin of life is among the greatest open problems in science.”
The whole point of “fitness,” in an evolutionary context, is reproduction. One has higher “fitness” if one can have more offspring.