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Almost all paleontologists recognize that the discovery of a complete transition is in any case unlikely.
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Among all the myriad forms of matter and of life on the earth, or as far as we know in the universe, man is unique.
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Among the examples are many in which, beyond the slightest doubt, a species or genus has been gradually transformed into another.
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Certainly paleontologists have found samples of an extremely small fraction, only, of the earth's extinct species, and even for groups that are most readily preserved and found as fossils they can never expect to find more than a fraction.
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Complete examples for subfamilies and families also are known, but are less common.
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Darwin (1859) recognized the fact that paleontology then seemed to provide evidence against rather for evolution in general or the gradual origin of taxonomic categories in particular.
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Every paleontologist knows that most new species, genera, and families, and that nearly all categories above the level of family appear in the record suddenly and are not led up to by known, gradual, completely continuous transitional sequences.
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He is a state of matter, a form of life, a sort of animal, and a species of the Order Primates, akin nearly or remotely to all of life and indeed to all that is material.
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Man is the result of a purposeless and materialistic process that did not have him in mind. He was not planned.
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Most of the dogmatic religions have exhibited a perverse talent for taking the wrong side on the most important concepts in the material universe, from the structure of the solar system to the origin of man.
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Now we do have many examples of transitional sequences.
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Of course the orders all converge backward in time, to different degrees.
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Recognition of this kinship with the rest of the universe is necessary for understanding him, but his essential nature is defined by qualities found nowhere else, not by those he has in common with apes, fishes, trees, fire, or anything other than himself.
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Species evolve exactly as if they were adapting as best they could to a changing world, and not at all as if they were moving toward a set goal.
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Splitting and gradual divergence of genera is exemplified very well and in a large variety of organisms.
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Such gradual transformation is also fairly well exemplified for subfamilies and occasionally for families, as the groups are commonly ranked.
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The earliest known members are much more alike than the latest known members, and there is little doubt, for instance, but that all of the highly diverse ungulates did have a common ancestry; but the line making actual connection with such an ancestry is not known in even one instance.
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The fact - not theory - that evolution has occurred and the Darwinian theory as to how it occurred have become so confused in popular opinion that the distinction must be stressed.
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When paleontological collection was still in its infancy and no clear examples of transitional origin had been found, most paleontologists were anti-evolutionists.
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