Joined: June 2004
|Quote (guthrie @ Jan. 26 2007,17:26)|
|Sorry Tracy, make that Ladies and Gentlemen. |
As for the question- I thought that they were all related in the first place, so the last common ancestor probablty had 5 fingers as well. Not to mention that they inhabit similar habitats, so that physical laws ensure some convergence upon similar body shapes etc.
That seems quite straightforwards.
That Hunter is questioning the issue of a shared pentadactyly in marsupials and placental mammals is a clear indication that is really does not understand evolution very well.
I knew this after encountering him at Infidels a few years ago - clueless, but as seems to be a requirement for the IDcreationist crowd, very, very sure of himself and the authenticity of his naive positions. (I know, I know - all those ad hominems - keep in mind, I am not using this to rebut his claims - that is easily and has been done by others - no, I am just pointing out the obvious)
That none of his fellow IDers have taken him aside and explained the basics of the position HE is arguing says as much about them as it does him. This sort of covered-up incompetence is endemic in IDcreationist circles, from Dr.Cook to Dr.Wells to Dr. Hunter - titles clearly have little value when you pontificate on things you clearly do not get.
The truly sad part is this - the bible -believin' audiences will take what he says at face value because he is, after all, DOCTOR Hunter, pro-IDcreationist.
And yes - the establishment of pentadactyly in extant vertebrates goes back well before the split between marsupials and placentals.