+quot;We are lucky to have fossils at all. It is a remarkably fortunate fact of geology th

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"We are lucky to have fossils at all. It is a remarkably fortunate fact of geology that bones, shells and other hard parts of animals, before they decay, can occasionally leave an imprint which later acts as a mould, which shapes hardening rock into a permanent memory of the animal. We don't know what proportion of animals are fossilized after their death--I personally would consider it an honour to be fossilized--but it is certainly very small indeed. Nevertheless, however small the proportion fossilized, there are certain things about the fossil record that any evolutionist should expect to be true. We should be very sruprised, for example, to find fossil humans appearing in the record before mammals are supposed to have evolved! If a single, well-verified mammal skull were to turn up in 500 million year-old- rocks, our whole modern theory of evolution would be utterly destroyed. Incidentally, this is a sufficient answer to the canard, put about by creationists and their journalistic fellow travellers, that the whole theory of evolution is 'unfalsifiable' tautology. Ironically, it is also the reason why creationsist are so keen on the fake human footprints, which were carved durning the depression to fool tourists, in the dinosaur beds of Texas." -Richard Dawkins, _The Blind Watchmaker_

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