Oct 06 2009

The Walking Whale: A Nightmare for Creationists

Published by at 7:07 am under evolution

What do you call a fossil of a “transitional species” between ancient, hippo-like creatures and modern whales? A whippo? An orcapotamus? I call it a whopper of a nightmare for Creationists.

Check out these elements to a new study into whale evolution:

1) “hippos are the cetaceans’ closest living relatives.” This has been known for some time. Cetaceans include whales, dolphins and porpoises — carnivorous, swimming, air-breathing animals.

2) “Cetacean ancestors probably moved into water before changing their diet (and their teeth) to include carnivory; Indohyus, a 48-million year-old semi-aquatic herbivore, and hippos fall closest to cetaceans when the evolutionary relationships of the larger group are reconstructed.”

3) “‘Indohyus is interesting because this fossil combines an herbivore’s dentition with adaptations such as ear bones that are adapted for hearing under water and are traditionally associated with whales only.’”

Indohyus now joins Ambulocetus as gap-fillers in the evolution of the whale. Ambulocetus, by the way, has been nicknamed the “walking whale,” for it had half-limb/foot, half-flipper appendages. And could pursue prey in the shallows and depths.

Fascinating. Well, for me. For some minds shackled with anachronistic dogma — troubling. Why would the great Creator encapsulate within rocks the skeletons of whippos? Did the Intelligent Designer not finish his job, thus we find evidence of orcapotamus-like species stumbling their way to a more final design?

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