The Lone Star Creationist
“The supposed pedigree of the Equidae is a deceitful delusion, which…in no way enlightens us on the paleontological origin of the Horse.”
-Charles J J Deperet, Transformations of the Animal World
This story begins with Hyracotherium (Eohippus), a dog-sized horse with 4 toes on it’s front feet, progresses to three toes until it ends with the modern one-toed horse of today. The four toed Hyracothedum has 18 pairs of ribs; the next creature has 19; there is a jump to 15; and finally back to 18 for the modern horse.
If you have ever seen a display of these fossils, you would see them displayed smallest to largest, yet some of the smaller fossils came from layers higher up than the larger. Also the fossils used by Othniel C. Marsh to form this series were collected from different parts of the world and a complete series jumps back and forth between continents.
Read some of the quotes below to give you a better idea of what Non Sense this theory really is.
“The first animal in the series, Hyracotherium (Eohippus) is so different from the modern horse and so different from the next one in the series that there is a big question concerning its right to a place in the series…[It has] a slender face with the eyes midway along the side, the presence of canine teeth, and not much of a diastema (space between front teeth and back teeth), arched back and long tail.”—H.G. Coffin, Creation: Accident or Design? (1969), pp. 194-195.
“There was a time when the existing fossils of the horses seemed to indicate a straight-lined evolution from small to large, from dog-like to horse-like, from animals with simple grinding teeth to animals with complicated cusps of modern horses . . As more fossils were uncovered, the chain splayed out into the usual phylogenetic net, and it was all too apparent that evolution had not been in a straight line at all. Unfortunately, before the picture was completely clear, an exhibit of horses as an example had been set up at the American Museum of Natural History [in New York City], photographed, and much reproduced in elementary textbooks.”—*Garrett Hardin, Nature and Man’s Fate (1960), pp. 225-226. (Those pictures are still being used in those textbooks.)
THE HORSE “STORY”, Colin Patterson, Senior Paleontologist British Museum of Natural History, “There have been an awful lot of stories, some more imaginative than others, about what the nature of that history [of life] really is. The most famous example, still on exhibit downstairs, is the exhibit on horse evolution prepared perhaps fifty years ago. That has been presented as the literal truth in textbook after textbook. Now I think that that is lamentable, particularly when the people who propose those kinds of stories may themselves be aware of the speculative nature of some of that stuff.” Harper’s, p. 60, 1984.
Marsh’s ‘Horse Evolution’ is still presented as fact to students today! A fossil exhibition was staged at the American Museum of Natural History. “The exhibit is now hidden from public view as an outdated embarrassment. Almost a century later, paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson re-examined horse evolution and concluded that generations of students had been misled.”
Encyclopedia of Evolution – Richard Milner
“The uniform, continuous transformation of Hyracotherium into Equus, so dear to the heart of generations of textbook writers, never happened in nature… The evolution of the horse family, Equidae, is now no better known than that of numerous other groups of organisms…” George Gaylord Simpson, Life of the Past, 1953
Articles for more information:
The Non-Evolution Of The Horse
Horse Find Defies Evolution
What About the Horse Series?