A Berkeley website for teachers claims that “there are numerous examples of transitional forms in the fossil record, providing an abundance of evidence for change over time.” The only example they cite as proof is Pakicetus, described as an early ancestor to modern whales. How can scientists tell this? According to the website, “Although pakicetids were land mammals, it is clear that they are related to whales and dolphins based on a number of specializations of the ear, relating to hearing.”
In an accompanying illustration, paleontologist Phil Gingerich shows a swimming creature with its forelimbs on the way to becoming flippers, claiming that it is “perfectly intermediate, a missing link between earlier land mammals and later, full-fledged whales.”
Although the body he drew does look like a very convincing transitional form, his conclusion was based on only a few fragments of a skull. Not a single bone of the body had been found! Once a more complete skeleton was discovered, it proved that Pakicetus looked nothing like the creature he imagined.
Besides, many of God’s creatures have similar hearing (how many different ways can you make an ear that hears sound?). The eyes of many of God’s creatures are very similar. Pigs have skin that is incredibly close to human skin—closer than primates. We both have noses, ears, eyes, liver, kidneys, lungs, teeth, and a brain. Did man evolve from the pig, rather than the primate? It would seem so if we are going to be consistent with the evolutionist’s logic. The pig and man have many features in common.
The creatures that Gingerich was looking at were simply different animals with similar hearing ability, created by the same Creator, and his conclusion was nothing but wild and unscientific speculation. Sadly, this happens all too frequently in the evolutionary world.
(Adapted from How to Know God Exists.)
Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;