Classifying by Kind: Porpoises, Whales and Dolphins

Classifying by Kind: Porpoises, Whales and Dolphins

I recently posted an article regarding how the taxonomic system works and why it matters. Today I’m going to provide an example of what classifying by kinds would look like, and why evolutionists cannot accept it.  Let’s dive into it.

First of all, porpoises are currently classified in Order Cetacea along with dolphins and whales.   This order is further subdivided into two sub orders, Suborder Odontoceti and Suborder Mysticeti.  The two suborders represent the toothed and the baleen whales.  The reason evolutionists classify these two types of organisms together, despite their obvious size and feeding differences, and their inability to mate and produce offspring, is that it is assumed that they evolved from members of Order Artiodactyla millions of years ago.  However, the assumption of a relationship does not prove it exists. Let’s talk about how to classify this by kind.

Classifying these animals by kind would involve a couple of changes to the current system.  This could have been done multiple ways. What I have chosen to suggest is to eliminate Suborder Mysticeti or alternatively use it to replace Order Cetacea.  Suborder Odontoceti should be moved out and set up as Order Odontoceti.  This is for several reasons. First of all, it separates the Dolphin/porpoise kind from the Baleen Whale kind.  Second, it clarifies the complex classification of whales and porpoises, which differ in multiple ways.  Third, it clears the logjam currently created among toothed whales.

Why should whales and Porpoises be considered separate kinds? There are a couple of reasons. If the two were of the same Biblical kind, then originally God created the genetics for baleen and teeth in the same DNA code. To the best of my knowledge, no other kind of organism has multiple feeding methods in the same original DNA.  This is reinforced by the fact that they cannot interbreed currently.  There are also multiple differences between the two.

Baleen whales and the dolphins and porpoises of Order Odontoceti differ in multiple ways.  Whales have two blowholes, while porpoises and dolphins only have one. Whales sift their food from the water using baleen.  Dolphins and porpoises use teeth to take bites out of their food.  Whales “sing”, making sounds in the pattern of music and changing frequently, just like a human musician. Dolphins and porpoises make sounds, but they are related to communication, not simply singing.  Many whales are solitary for most of the year, except during breeding season.  Dolphins and porpoises generally have shorter gestation periods than baleen whales as well.  Many species of whales mate with the same individual every single mating period as well. Porpoises and dolphins do not.

Probably the best and biggest reason to remove Suborder Odontoceti from Order Cetacea and give it its own order is clearing the logjam in Order Cetacea. Right now, Cetacea contains some vastly different organisms. By moving Odontoceti to its own order, the different kinds of baleen whale and porpoise are separated into their own orders.  However, remember kind is usually at the family level.  There would be ten separate families in the new Order Odontoceti.  Rather amusingly, one of these families includes sperm whales and another beluga whales and narwhals which are usually thought of as whales, rather than porpoises.  However, four of these families contain one or two species of river dolphin and likely should be fused into one family.  The estuarine dolphins of these four families would likely be able to interbreed. It is a known fact that some species of dolphin can interbreed with certain species of porpoise.  Thus it is likely that quite there are no more than two kinds within current Suborder Odontoceti and possibly only one.

I know this post has has been technical and involved and I apologize for that. However, hopefully this explains what classification by kind would involve.  Please let me know if this is something you want me to write more about and I’ll do my best to oblige.

 

 

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