Common belief today among scientists is that a hyena-like, cat-like, or a hippopotamus-like animal evolved into whales.
Now, I don’t know the extent of your knowledge concerning whales, but let me remind you that the largest species of whale, the blue whale, weighs in at 360,000 pounds, measures 100 feet long, has a tongue the weight of an adult African elephant and possesses a heart the size of a compact car.
Already, this isn’t looking good.
Shall we go over all the things that would have to occur for a hyena to become a whale? I think it would be beneficial for everyone.
#1: The hyena would have to develop a dorsal fin.
#2: The bony tail of the hyena would have to change into a cartilaginous fluke.
#3: The hyena’s teeth would have to develop into a huge baleen filter.
#4: The hyena’s hair would have to nearly disappear and be replaced by blubber for insulation through chance mutations in the DNA.
Nope, still not done.
#5: The nostrils would have to move from the tip of the hyena’s nose to the top of the whale’s head, disconnect from the mouth passage, and form a strong muscular flap to close the blowhole.
#6: The hyena’s front legs would have to change into pectoral fins.
Not the end yet, hang in there.
#7: The hyena’s body would have to increase in size from 150 pounds to 360,000.
#8: The hyena’s external ears would have to disappear and then develop to compensate for high-pressure diving to 1,640-feet deep.
#9: The hyena’s back legs would have to disappear completely.
This course of events would have to happen completely by accident through a series of random mutations (despite the fact that more often than not mutations in DNA result in sicknesses and defects) and natural selection. Not to mention how many retries and mulligans this would require to get the perfect mix.
In fact, the chances of a hyena becoming a whale is less likely than the chance of winning the national Powerball Lottery every year in a row for the next 200 years. Or throwing 2,000 dice up all at one time and having every single one of them come down on three dots.
For those of you who like your numbers, the odds of a hyena becoming a whale are 1 in every 364 followed by ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE ZEROS. You have to be a bloody rocket scientist to even imagine that number.
And this supposedly happened with multiple species and animal types! Apes to humans! Fish to alligators! Single cell organisms to life as we know it today!
The odds are not in evolution’s favor.
Source material – Evolution: The Grand Experiment Vol. 1 by Dr. Carl Werner.