Re: re-whales from rodents

Arthur V. Chadwick (
Sat, 21 Aug 1999 09:44:03 -0700

Johnson says "Nobody is proposing that an ancestral rodent (or whatever)
became a whale or a bat in a single episode of speciation...." Please.
Johnson is a lawyer! Does he know the difference between a whale and a
rodent? Do you really expect him to? I think the emphasis ought (and quite
properly so) to be on the point he is attempting to make, and not on the
specific details of the paleontology. Lets argue about the point he is
making, and not about whether he did or did not grab the correct ancestor.
That borders on ad hominem argumentation. Now if he were a vertebrate
paleontologist, then we could (if we had the facts straight ourselves),
take him to task if he had made a mistake.