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Jonathan Wells on Whale Evolution and a “Materialistic Creation Story”


On a new episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute biologists Jonathan Wells and Ray Bohlin round out a really interesting series on the challenge to Darwinism from the enigma of whale evolution.

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In the context of whales, the fossil evidence and genetic evidence alike are fatal to traditional Darwinian accounts, while gesturing to intelligent design as a more plausible alternative. Whales in current thinking may have made the transition to a fully aquatic lifestyle in as little a a million years. That is all but “overnight” in realistic evolutionary terms.

Wells compares this transition, extensive and dramatic, with the case of giraffes and the shorter-necked okapis. Separating from a common ancestor with okapis, giraffes accomplished their extended neck in perhaps 11 million years, requiring a possible 46 genetic differences relating to the neck’s elongation.

Assuming it took that long to accomplish such a a relatively modest evolutionary feat, to imagine that whales took to the sea, with the many far more dramatic innovations that assumes, in just a million years becomes all but unthinkable.

Since whales are so uncooperative in lending support to the evolutionary story, they are used instead by Darwinists as mere “illustrations” in what Jonathan Wells calls “materialistic creation story.” So much for these aquatic mammals as an icon of evolution.

Photo: Humpback whale fluke, via Wikicommons.

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