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National Geographic News: “Early Whales Gave Birth on Land, Fossils Reveal” Does the fossil discovery of an early “whale” offer evidence for evolution or does it merely reinforce presuppositions?
Two fossils discovered nine years ago are just now making headlines. The fossils are a pregnant mother and its young, from the amphibious species Maiacetus inuus—which evolutionists believe was an ancestor of whales. Unlike whales, however, the eight-foot-long (2.4 m) adult fossil has four legs, with the hind two connected to the backbone (and thus not useless, as evolutionists believe eventually happened to whale intermediates).
The fossil is a “cousin” to Rodhocetus and Artiocetus, other creatures considered to be whale ancestors.
Found in a Pakistani desert, the creature first confused University of Michigan paleontologist Philip Gingerich because of the “jumble” of adult and juvenile bones. “The first thing we found [were] small teeth, then ribs going the wrong way. [I]t was just astonishing to realize why the specimen in the field was so confusing,” Gingerich explained. The fetus was in “head-first” position, typical of land mammals but the opposite of marine mammals.
National Geographic News notes that the fossil is a “cousin” to Rodhocetus and Artiocetus, other creatures considered to be whale ancestors. “It is a missing link of the most informative sort,” said vertebrate paleontologist Louis Jacobs of Southern Methodist University. National Geographic News writer Tasha Eichenseher adds:
What paleontologists do know about the first whale ancestor is that it was originally a furry, four-legged omnivore that evolved into a range of amphibious species nearly 50 million years ago, and then into fully aquatic species around 45 million years ago. Whales eventually lost the connection between their backbone and hind legs, then gradually lost the hind legs and vestigial bones completely.
Or could it be that these hypothesized four-legged creatures—like all supposed whale ancestors—were simply unique mammals that are now extinct. The “evolution” is entirely in the minds of evolutionists, who need to find ancestors for whales, and thus create a “sequence” that isn’t really there. Like lining up horse fossils small to large and proclaiming a sequence, whale evolution is just another fiction.
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