Critics laughed, and he removed it from later editions, but Charles Darwin privately continued to believe that whales evolved from a “race of bears.”
While the idea is handled provocatively in philosophy literature, in practice, animals are envisioned as plaintiffs, not defendants, in animal rights cases.
Even something as catastrophic as the eruption of Mount St. Helens was, in the end, a life-giving event.
However, Neanderthals are not thought, based on current evidence, to have had much interest in dogs.
Bears turning into whales? Scientists today disagree with Darwin, instead claiming that other land animals were the real precursors to today’s whales.