In this documentary about ungulates, this story is told about the origin of these creatures:
"65 million years ago, when dinosaurs disappeared, the first ancestors of ungulates appeared. These condylarths disappeared generations ago and, today"s ungulates, they used to walk on their toenails. Today"s ungulates are evolved from condylarths. 50 million years ago, ungulates divided into two kinds, single and cloven."
Here Animal Planet has ignored the scientific literature to retell a legend. Indeed, these claims are based on a few series of fossils in which some similarity has been established. But it is known that these series are invalid and that no relationship has been found between condylarths and hoofed animals. There is no connection between the single supposed ancestors of the horse.
(Hyracotherium or Eohippus) and condylarths supposed to be in the same ancestral grouping.
(Kofahl, R.E., Handy Dandy Evolution Refuter, Beta Books, San Diego, California, p. 159)
Like the claim that hoofed animals evolved from condylarths, the idea that these creatures separated into single and cloven ungulates 50 million years ago is also a fairy tale. For example, some ungulates are presented as support for the supposed evolution of horses, and without producing any series of fossils, evolutionists claim that these animals suddenly appeared and suddenly disappeared. An evolutionist by the name of Boyce Rensberger, in a conference in
The popularly told example of horse evolution, suggesting a gradual sequence of changes from four-toed fox-sized creatures living nearly 50 million years ago to today"s much larger one-toed horse, has long been known to be wrong. Instead of gradual change, fossils of each intermediate species appear fully distinct, persist unchanged, and then become extinct. Transitional forms are unknown. (Boyce Rensberger, Houston Chronicle, November 5, 1980, p. 15)
It can be easily seen that Animal Planet tells this tale because it is at a loss to explain the origins of ungulates. Animal Planet has a lot to say about the claims for the evolution of ungulates: "Condylarths, like modern ungulates, were animals that walked in their tow nails. Modern ungulates are evolved condylarths."
It can be seen that, although evolution is talked about here, there is not the least explanation of how it happens. There is no cause-effect relation between the two sentences and so there is no reasonable explanation. To say this is like saying that "a bicycle moves on tires like a car, that is because cars evolved form bicycles.
In short, Animal Planet is completely at a loss to explain the origins of ungulates and the basic purpose of all its fanciful stories is to make propaganda for the Darwinism it blindly accepts.2003-05-10 00:00:00