Response to Lagomorphs
CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)
- Barunlestes (see above) The possible Asian rodent/lagomorph ancestor.
- Mimotoma (Paleocene) -- A rabbit-like animal, similar to Barunlestes, but with a rabbit dental formula, changes in the facial bones, and only one layer of enamel on the incisors (unlike the rodents). Like rabbits, it had two upper incisors, but the second incisor is still large and functional, while in modern rabbits it is tiny. Chuankuei-Li et al. think this is the actual ancestor of Mimolagus, next.
The "earliest" Mimotoma seem to be older than Barunlestes by evolutionary dating methods or at best they would be contemporaries; as such Mimotoma could not have evolved from Barunlestes.
The only remains that are mentioned for Mimotoma are teeth and some facial bones. The teeth seem to be the only thing evolutionists are comparing. The fact that no other body parts are described makes one wonder if teeth facial bones are all that has been found of Mimotoma.
Mimotoma is considered by Chuankuei-Li et al. to be ancestral to Mimolagus despite that by their own dating methods there would be an almost 10 million year gap with no apparent evidence of a connection.
Unfortunately the once available references to Mimotoma seem to be at Talk Origins and it clones. As such, there is no information upon which to base an independent analysis.
Note, that by their own dating methods there would be an almost 10 million year gap with no apparent evidence of a connection between Mimolagus and it alleged ancestor Mimotoma.
Since all that seems to be mentioned about Mimolagus are teeth, that seems to be the only thing evolutionists are comparing. The fact that no other body parts are described makes one wonder if teeth are all that has been found of Mimolagus.
Lushilagus seems to be just be a variety of rabbit. Further more the "earliest" Lushilagus would be older than Mimolagus by evolutionary dating methods as such Lushilagus could not have evolved from Mimolagus.
While there is hardly any information on the two types listed between Barunlestes and Lushilagus, it would take more than that to go from the mouse Barunlestes to a rabbit like Lushilagus. There is insufficient information on which to base an independent analysis these types. Evolutionary dating methods them selves show that this list can not represent an ancestor descendant relationship, they at best show two sets of contemporaries with a 10 million year gap between them. This is not objective evidence for Evolution.
Known species-to-species transitions in lagomorphs:
These observed differences in genus Prolagus are just variations in the same kind of animal and remarkable in that regard. The claim of a "gradual change over time" is based on Evolutionary dating. There are two other possible interpretations, based on different time models.
- They were contemporaries, found in a manner evolutionist interpret as different times.
- The change is real but over a much shorter period of time.
First of all the created kinds of animals are some time entire families not just a single genus, as such evidence of a transition across genus lines is not a problem for creation.