July 27, 2008

A Whale Of A Tale

Great whale evolution video (only 7 minutes long).

The one thing I'm not sure of is the time line. When did the scientist community conclude that whales evolved from land animals. We've known about the vestigial hind limbs for quite some time, I thought. And we also know that all mammals trace back to a nocturnal shrew (weasel) like land animal that co-existed with dinosaurs.
I always thought it was a gimme.

What was really interesting in the following video, is the motion of water mammals versus the motion of fish. I never actually thought about the difference before.

Still, creationists keep denying reality, and will continue to do so, even after viewing documentaries like this. Just amazing.

Famous Catholic scientist Dr. Ken Miller also give creationists a boot in the head in this video:


  1. Richard Dawkins refers to the molecular evidence relating to whale evolution in his book "The Ancestor's Tale". It seems that the whale and the hippopotamus are more closely related than the hippo is to the other four footers such as antelope, pigs or camels. I think you will find tis book quite informative.