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||Reference to Gould
Darwin's theory of evolution states that life forms evolve into new forms gradually
The geologic fossile record disproves Darwin.
Gould's theory of punctuated
equilibrium states that life forms evolve in gigantic jumps [caused by catastrophic
events]. This statement is _not_ contradicted by the geologic fossile record.
states: "With Niles Eldredge, Gould proposed (1972) the evolutionary theory of punctuated
equilibrium, which states that in geologic time and strata, the appearance of a new
species occurs suddenly and without the continuous slow accretion of tiny variations,
due to the nature of the evolutionary process and the relationship between the evolutionary
and geologic timescales (see evolution); and that the new species then persists virtually
unchanged in the fossil record for perhaps millions of years. The missing links in
evolutionary development sought since the time of Charles Darwin are thus unlikely
to be found."