The story of gradual adaptive change…

[The] certainty so characteristic of evolutionary ranks since the late 1940s, the utter assurance … that we know precisely how [natural selection] works, has led palaeontologists to keep their own council…. We palaeontologists have said that the history of life [in the fossil record] supports [the story of gradual adaptive change] … all the while really knowing that it does not.

Niles Eldredge, quoted in Six Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization by Philip Sampson, p. 59

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