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|The bottom line is, it is easy to wave the hand with a knowing grin and a mocking tone and say enough mutations within enough time can produce anything, and this may be hypothetically true.|
Assuming by "mutations" you mean evolutionary mechanisms, then that is incorrect. Most of the available search space will not be searched, indeed, can never be searched. Consider the analogous situation with words (with suitable parameters for mutation and recombination). Though we can demonstrably evolve very long words such as 'denominationalists', we will never evolve 'qqqqqq' via step-wise changes. That's because there is no possible predecessor word to 'qqqqqq'. Similarly, we know that a Griffin or Centaur could not have evolved through known evolutionary mechanisms, but are artificial constructs.