|AGE:||95 million years|
Darwin knew that his theory could be verified only by the fossil record, for which reason he pinned great hopes on paleontological research. In one part of his book he said: ". . . if my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking closely together all the species of the same group, must assuredly have existed. . . . Consequently evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains . . ." (Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, p. 179) Yet no intermediate-form fossil has been found over the 150 or so years since Darwin’s day. So his claims have never been verified and confirmed. Fossils have buried Darwin’s theory of evolution, whose invalidity is now a proven fact. One such fossil is this 95-million-year-old fossil squid, identical to living present-day specimens.