Perhaps this organism had four legs. Perhaps it had flippers. Perhaps it was closely related to whales. Perhaps it has nothing to do with whales.
This is not a question of scale — even if the “chemist’s flask” were the entire Earth.
The genetic variation in any species is confined to a limited set of variables such as a finch beak’s thickness.
At the end of a discussion of evolutionary theory’s “crypto-animism” and more, Thomas protests the Church of England’s 2008 apology to Charles Darwin.
Design motifs such as four-bar linkages and control systems must meet exacting requirements whether implemented in a space shuttle or a fish.