Why Intelligent Design?
Darwin was ridiculed in his time for suggesting that small land animals could have transformed into modern whales, like the young sperm whale seen above in the waters off the Caribbean island of Dominica. (See pictures of some of the species that inspired Darwin
Whales "have a long generation time, and they don't have huge populations. They're like the worst-case scenario for trying to evolve structures rapidly," Luskin said. "To fix all the mutations needed to convert a little land mammal into a fully functional whale [in ten million years]--mathematically that's totally not possible."
Evolutionists Argue ...
But paleontologists have since shown that Darwin's guess wasn't that far from the truth. In the late 1970s scientists began unearthing fossils of "archaic" whales that were initially mostly terrestrial
but that became more aquatic over time.
"We have the fossils showing how it happened," Prothero said. "Anyone who makes that argument is flat out lying about the fossil record."
Photograph by Peter Allinson, National Geographic Stock