We all have them — friends who irrationally believe, against all of the readily-available information that contradicts their moronic beliefs, that the world is 10,000 years old and a gun-toting Republican Jesus rode a Dinosaur — perhaps a Triceratops –to Chick-Fil-A (That is how it goes, right?).
Next time Uncle Cletus tells you he opposes evolution because it was sent by Satan to encourage Nazis to kill Christians and sow doubt among the faithful, show him this video from science advocates Stated Clearly.
“Thousands of observable facts from completely independent fields of study have come together to tell us the exact same story: all living things on Earth are related,” John Perry, the group’s founder, explained.
The video largely focuses on whales and dolphins, and the theory that they evolved from larger land mammals. “Strangely, whales have arm, wrist, hand and finger bones inside their front flippers,” Perry says, comparing their bone structure to those found in the appendages of bats, hippos and people.
“They both have multi-chambered stomachs, which is common for herbivores, but is almost unheard of for meat-eating mammals,” he explains. “They are both missing a coat of fur — and here’s a fun fact: whales and hippos are among the only mammals on Earth that have internal testicles.”
“We are in love with the scientific process and the art of critical thinking,” the group says on its web site. “We feel that an enhanced ability to think critically and ask probing questions will enable people to become better scientists and also aid them in every aspect of life from work and politics to family life and personal relationships.”
“Biologists teach that all living things on Earth are related,” the group says on the YouTube post. “Is there any solid evidence to back this claim? Join us as we explore the facts! We start with a close look at the origin of whales from land mammals, and then touch on the origins of several other critters, including our own species.”
The video is, obviously not all-inclusive, as there is too much for one short video. However, it is an excellent overview for someone who may be confused about whether or not evolution is factual — like a small child, or Sarah Palin.
Watch the video, below: