Radioactive dating meteorite
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I do not know when this collection was assembled, but it appears to be around 1994, judging by the date of the most recent source.
It is as though they were just planted there, without any evolutionary history.
Needless to say, this appearance of sudden planting has delighted creationists.
The chapter from which this quotation is taken deals with the ``controversy'' between gradualism and punctuated equilibrium.
These must be cleared out of the way because they have been the subject of serious misunderstandings.I assigned reasons why such links do not commonly occur at the present day, under the circumstances apparently most favourable for their presence, namely on an extensive and continuous area with graduated physical conditions.I endeavoured to show, that the life of each species depends in a more important manner on the presence of other already defined organic forms, than on climate; and, therefore, that the really governing conditions of life do not graduate away quite insensibly like heat or moisture.The crust of the earth is a vast museum; but the natural collections have been made only at intervals of time immensely remote.In the sixth chapter I enumerated the chief objections which might be justly urged against the views maintained in this volume. One, namely the distinctness of specific forms, and their not being blended together by innumerable transitional links, is a very obvious difficulty.