ECHOLOCATION FOUND IN EARLY WHALE
Those who believe in Biblical Creation maintain that echolocation in whales did not evolve over millions of years. That this sophisticated radar system built in these beautiful creatures have been a part of their anatomy since the get-go.
That is why it is no surprise researchers have found a fossilized whale skull with tell-tale signs of echolocation similar to present-day toothed whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The skull (according to evolutionary reckoning) is approximately 28 million years old, belonged to what's now the oldest known creature to use echolocation to hunt.
Researchers say that the whale found in Charleston, South Carolina, was slightly larger than a modern bottlenose dolphin and, crucially, has the asymmetrical skull structure and nasal passages that would allow for the vocalizations used in echo-locative function.
"It suggest echolocation evolved very, very early in the history of the group that involved toothed whales," says Jonathan Geisler, an anatomist at the New York Institute of Technology. The skull is similar to a group that includes sperm whales and killer whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises.
The find comes as something of a surprise given where it was found — a drainage ditch outside a housing development in College Park, SC. Construction began in the area in the 1970s, unearthing several fossils in the process. "You never know what you'll find in your backyard," said Dr. Geisler.
Learn more about whales at the Creation Discovery Centre. A Creation Museum located in Bow Island, Alberta, Canada.
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