Deconi << Until someone can point to two different species and show me its one or various “intermediaries” also walking around >>
See this wolf-like creature? Yeah the one near the top of this picture?
OK, now see this bottom one, yeah the one that looks most like a whale? There you go. Wolf to Whale in 50 million years.
Deconi << and say, “See that dog? It’s on it way to becoming that horse” then I might reconsider the No.2 >>
Errrrr, see that little doggy-like horse with the 4 toes front, 3 behind? Yeah, the one at the bottom of this picture. What is that again?
It is: Hyracotherium (early Eocene, about 55 Ma, previously “Eohippus”) – The famous “dawn horse,” a small, doggish perissodactyl, with an arched back, short neck, omnivore teeth, and short snout, 4 toes in front and 3 behind.
Its on its way to becoming a much bigger modern one-toed horse. There you go. Eohippus (Hyracotherium) to Equus in 50 million years or…
The line that eventually produced Equus developed as follows: M. primus, M. sejunctus, M. isonesus (these last two still had a mix of primitive, hipparion, and equine features), M. intermontanus, M. stylodontus, M. carrizoensis. These last two looked quite horsey, with quite small side toes, and gave rise to a set of larger three-toed and one-toed horses known as the “true equines.”
You are soooo welcome. :newidea: