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Horse “Evolution”?

Hall of Life—Mammal Exhibits

on April 18, 2016

One of the more famous so-called “evidences” for molecules-to-man evolution is the horse series. Some creationist believe that, following the Flood, today’s horses may have rapidly diversified within the horse kind that was represented on the Ark. However, this diversification within a “kind” does not provide evidence for particles-to-people evolution. Instead, it follows from the Bible-based teaching that animals reproduce according to their kind.

Drs. Cavanaugh, Wood, and Wise analyzed 19 fossil horse species. Their statistical analysis revealed that significant similarity exists among the fossils. They concluded that all nineteen species (including Hyracotherium, Epihippus, Orohippus, Anchitherium, Megahippus, Hypohippus, Merychipuus, Pliohippus, and Protohippus) belong to the same “horse kind.” They interpret this as a record of post-Flood diversification within the kind. (D. Cavanaugh, T. Wood (Ph.D., biochemistry), K. Wise (Ph.D., paleontology), “Fossil Equidae: A Monobaraminic, Stratomorphic Series,” Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, Creation Science Fellowship, 2003, pp. 143–153)

  • Horses today range in size from the small miniature horse to the large Clydesdale. Additionally, some horses today are born with more than one toe. Horses further vary in their number of ribs, from 17–19 pairs.
  • Some have suggested that horse splint bones are evolutionary leftovers. However, scientists have recently found that the splint bones play an important role in strengthening the leg and foot bones, providing an attachment point for muscles, and protecting the suspensory ligament. (J. Sarfati, “Useless horse body parts? No way!” Creation 24:3, June 2000, pp. 24–25.)
Wild Horse

By Denis Egan (originally posted to Flickr as SSC_2374) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Przewalski’s horses, the last remaining wild horses, are genetically distinct from modern domestic horses and zebras but share a common horse ancestor.1

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  1. Elizabeth Mitchell, “A Horse Is a Horse, of Course, of Course . . .” News to Know, Answers in Genesis, https://answersingenesis.org/creation-science/baraminology/a-horse-is-a-horse-of-course-of-course/.