Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Whale and Hippopotamus Prove Duane Gish Wrong
"Duane Gish, an American creationalist, is renowned for his lively and popular (if wildly misguided) lectures attacking evolution" (pg. 47). Gish made fun of evolutionists that thought that whales descended from land animals related to cows. He did not believe that it was possible for an animal that could live in both an aquatic and terrestrial environment to have evolved. Explain how it is possible for an animal to have been naturally selected to live in both an aquatic and terrestrial environment and how the transition between aquatic and terrestrial environments proves that evolution is possible. Use the example of the hippopotamus to support your explanation. Use outside resources to provide other examples of transitional species that prove the existence of species that evolved and had the ability to live in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.