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

Expect to find in the fossil record…

It has always been assumed that change occurs slowly in living organisms. Thus, it is assumed that long periods of time are involved and that there are many minute steps along the way. If this is so, then one would reasonably expect to find in the fossil record a continuous increase in complexity with time.

Walter Bradley, quoted in The Trustworthiness of Scripture in Areas Relating to Natural Science, p. 7