Rana is not, I repeat, not a paleontologist. His background is in biochemistry, so any further discussion by/about him in this matter is moot, his refutations amount to less than that of a high school biology teacher, he simply does not have the background.aa118816 wrote:The discovery of two 50-million-year-old whales from the family Pakicetidae suggest that the previously thought link between the mesonychians and whales seems unlikely, according to Dr. Hans Thewissen (Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine). The fact that these fossils have more primitive teeth than the mesonychians from which they were supposed to have evolved led Dr. Thewissen to conclude that there was "considerable doubt" that cretaceans (whales) are closely related to mesonychians. Paleontologists now are attempting to link whales with the hippopotamus (artiodactyls). However, Dr. Maureen O'Leary (State University of New York) stated, "it's difficult to connect hippos with whales in the fossil record."
The whale phylogeny is a fairy tale which has been strongly disproven by genetic testing as well as the fossil record. Your argument is logically invalid because you appeal to authority-the authority which is bent on proving naturalism. This so called evidence was strongly debated in 2004 by John Renee and Fuz Rana and Rana not only blew him away, but completely shut down his argument. Just because you see a conspicous homological line up does not make it true. Homology has proven to be strongly inaccurate when contrasted with the genetic record.
On the other hand, Dr. Thewissen has undergone the scrutiny of peer review, along with his companion Mark Uhen.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mammal/cet ... acean.html
The argument is simply ridiculous. Point A.) transition of species does not occur in straight lines. Point B.) A large number of transitional forms of whale species have been found, including ones with presence of protruding
rear limbs. Point C.) Whales are mammals, and all mammals, with the exception of cetaceans, are land creatures. Refuting this is like denying the fact that the Sun is a hydrogen reactor, yet I know someone will ... LOL!!!
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