December 18, 2016


A Possible Break in One of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries (PETER BRANNEN,  DEC 12, 2016, The Atlantic)

Once upon a time, before India knew Asia, when alligators sunned themselves on shores north of the Arctic Circle, a small, timid, dog-like creature tentatively waded into a river. Fifty million years passed. The continents wandered and crashed, and the ocean reconfigured itself.

Now, where there were once Arctic alligators, there was ice. As for the creature who once dipped its toes into the tepid river, it now swam the frigid seas. The intervening age had transformed it into the largest animal in the history of life on Earth.

That's not science; it's faith.

Posted by at December 18, 2016 9:14 AM


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