Dispatch Science Reporter's Article on Whale Evolution Inaccurate

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Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch
Submitted October 7, 2001

To the Editor;

This is a response to the column written by the Dispatch science reporter David Lore on October 7th titled In setback to creationists, whale evolution is traced . This article contains several falsehoods that will be discussed in more detail below.

Mr. Lore states a document by Philip Gingerich et al, appearing in Science magazine on September 19th, reported new fossil evidence that whales evolved from wolf like land mammals called Pakicetus that lived some 50 million years ago . Gingerich et al , in this manuscript, report nothing of the sort.

What Gingerich reported on September 19th was, Mesonychids are not the whale ancestor as once believed but now the crown jewel goes to a collection of primitive Ungulates titled Artiodactyls. Gingerich fashioned his conclusion from anklebones of two fresh fossil finds called Artiocetus and Rodhocetus. Artiodactyls are also the perceived evolutionary ancestor of hippos and pigs etc.

Creationists have known for year s Mesonychids could not be the land ancestor of whales and have soundly rebuked the evolutionist community for reporting this as fact. Gingerich later quotes in his article, Although there is general resemblance of the teeth of Archaeocetes (perceived whale ancestors) to those of Mesonychids, such resemblance is sometimes overstated and evidently represents evolutionary convergence (my emphasis). In other words, he thought it was a Mesonychid so the truth was twisted to prove it. Now I have something better.

Evolutionists have been dogmatic in the past that tooth resemblance is key to the identification of these fossils as whale ancestors. This was discarded long ago by creationists (you know those guys who don't practice real science?). Creationists have also pointed out numerous fundamental flaws to seriously question Pakicetus, Ambulocetus, Rodhocetus and Basilosaurus are transitions to whales. Modern whales contain many unique characteristics including; a highly vascularized sinus to sustain pressure during diving, a complex directional auditory system, the ability to echolocate underwater and specialized up and down tail flukes for propulsion. None of the above perceived whale ancestors remotely demonstrate these characteristics. The conclusion illustrated by Gingerich et al, is a delight (not a setback) to the creationist community since it demonstrates the turmoil in the evolutionist camp over whale origins.

Finally, stating most people today accept that human beings and other higher creatures evolved over hundreds of millions of years from lower life forms that came out of the sea is a gross misrepresentation. There is a growing number of highly educated scientists in all fields, including biology, rejecting evolution as blatantly false. I suggest going to the scientific websites, www.answersingenesis.org and www.reviewevolution.com. Both of these sites carry the names of numerous scientific professionals, including a five time Nobel nominee, who have concluded the facts do not support molecules to man evolution.

Patrick Young, Ph.D.
Canal Winchester, Ohio 

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