Whales are held up as a model of what unguided evolution can do in a short time: in this case, just 8 million years, or perhaps even half that.
Considering several recent papers shows that eliminating evolutionary words and concepts simplifies and improves scientific explanations.
This line of argumentation only appears compelling to those who assume from that start that the core assumptions of the standard evolutionary model are true.
To help further explain this concept, I would like to introduce readers to my pet bunny, Daisy.
News from Princeton discusses the work of Tom Smith and Bridgett vonHoldt, who have solved a “long-standing finch beak mystery.” The answer turned out to be Mendelian, not Darwinian.