Twenty-two international researchers led by Ludovic Orlando of the University of Lyon in France completed a very comprehensive comparison of ancient DNA (aDNA) from fossil equids (including horses, donkeys and zebras). Let me tell you, this wasn’t pretty research for evolution, but of course they still like to brag about the fossil record…Here is what the paper said…
“The rich fossil record of the family Equidae (Mammalia: Perissodactyla) over the past 55 MY has made it an icon for the patterns and processes of macroevolution. Despite this, many aspects of equid phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy remain unresolved. Recent genetic analyses of extinct equids have revealed unexpected evolutionary patterns and a need for major revisions at the generic, subgeneric, and species levels.
To investigate this issue we examine 35 ancient equid specimens from four geographic regions (South America, Europe, Southwest Asia, and South Africa), of which 22 delivered 87–688 bp of reproducible aDNA mitochondrial sequence. Phylogenetic analyses support a major revision of the recent evolutionary history of equids and reveal two new species, a South American hippidion and a descendant of a basal lineage potentially related to Middle Pleistocene equids.
Sequences from specimens assigned to the giant extinct Cape zebra, Equus capensis, formed a separate clade within the modern plain zebra species, a phenotypicically plastic group that also included the extinct quagga. In addition, we revise the currently recognized extinction times for two hemione-related equid groups.
However, it is apparent that the current dataset cannot solve all of the taxonomic and phylogenetic questions relevant to the evolution of Equus. In light of these findings, we propose a rapid DNA barcoding approach to evaluate the taxonomic status of the many Late Pleistocene fossil Equidae species that have been described from purely morphological analyses.”
The results of this research were so shocking, suggestions of revamping not just part but the entire horse series! It’s similar to geology where they go back to the drawing board if the data registers in the thousands of years rather than millions. Why? Because they concluded that many specimens relegated to separate species are actually variations on the same species which verifies the Bible. Not only that, but their findings found not slow and gradual but sudden bursts of diversification! This is great stuff!
By comparing outward features of skeletons, evolutionists built a structure of what they call; morphological analyses. A good story line but the actual molecular data in which they studied (ancient DNA) doesn’t match up! Nevertheless, they tried to force their findings into the evolutionary tree. So we see more story built complexity (evolution) on top of more story built complexity which resulted in confusion, disjunction, and irresolution.
They are quick to claim micro-evolution but the DNA data is showing that equids appear morphologically different but are really just variations of the same kinds! There is a lesson to be learned here, appearance is not always what it seems. The problems where so severe they left it up to future research to explain all the complexity that was created with the DNA which is not matching up with the hypothesis.
Science Daily misleads it’s readers on purpose by avoiding the reality stated above in the actual research paper that the findings do in fact challenge the evolutionary theory!