quote:On the question of the fossil record, you claim the TOE is supported by the Fossil Record. Ok, as a challenge, please show a sequence of, say, 10 speciation events or more leading to the origin of higher taxa in the fossil record. All I am asking is that the process Darwinists claim occured be shown in the fossil record, actual evidence, not inferred evidence.
There are only 6 transitional fossils listed in just this article, but there are also charts out there that list 12-15 or so:
This article also shows no less than eight independent lines of evidence that link ancestral whale fossils to modern whales.
For example, morphological evidence shows a foot structure found in the ancestral fossil that is rather specific to whales, and shared only by a few other animal groups. We also see a transitioning inner ear structure that shows a gradual evolution from ancestral land mammals to marine whales, since the ear had to evolve to work better underwater.
You'll also find molecular evidence, embryological evidence, chemical evidence, etc.
The data also points to a model of how the whales evolved and why they did in that era.
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