Because of the “dysmorphic” phenotype from a homozygous genotype, these mutant genes would be highly unlikely to become fixed in a population.
The interpretation of the results as showing “latent” genetic capabilities has teleological overtones that are compatible with intelligent design.
Jonathan Wells provide quotes from leading embryologists discussing how pharyngeal folds in humans only have an “illusory” similarity to fish gills.
The new evidence is very ambiguous and totally inconclusive. No far-reaching conclusions should be drawn from such dubious material.
As animator “Long Story” puts it in his video, the claim is an example of evolutionary equivocation”: “The use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth.”