Photo: This “dolphin shaped ceramic from Eretria, 310 B.C., shares an important morphological characteristic with the ichthyosaurs; 4 fins.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The earliest dolphins appeared in the late Miocene period, some 11 million years ago. The land animals that are closest to whales and dolphins are the Ungulates (hoofed animals). This was determined among others by comparing the structure of body proteins. The closest relative is probably the hippopotamusĂ˘â‚¬Âť(Ursing and Arnason, 1998).Ă˘â‚¬Âť
That foregoing statement divides the world into three groups; those who are so Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“smartĂ˘â‚¬Âť that they have to believe it, (like PHĂ˘â‚¬â„˘DĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s) those who are gullible enough to believe something like that and Ă˘â‚¬â€śthe rest of us. Thankfully, a majority of us still resist the evolution religion and are in the third group.
This article is ostensibly not about dolphins and whales but rather is about creatures that science has named Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“ichthyosaursĂ˘â‚¬Âť, (fish-reptiles) and how they became classified by science as reptiles, unrelated to whales and dolphins, who supposedly died out more than 95 million years agoĂ˘â‚¬â€ťsome 85 million years prior to the evolution of dolphins who they most resemble morphologically.
In this brief article, I believe that we can show that there is; scant evidence that Ichthyosaurs were reptiles, or at least we can demonstrate that there is more evidence to show that they were Not reptiles, and that they did not become extinct millions of years ago and thus; are not an example of Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“convergent evolutionĂ˘â‚¬Âť.
In addition, I intend to show that they were as you might expect, closely related to the Cetaceans like dolphins and porpoises….