"Yet the idea still persists that the fossil record is too patchy to provide good evidence of evolution. One reason for this is the influence of creationism. Foremost among their tactics is to distort or ignore the evidence for evolution; a favourite lie is "there are no transitional fossils". This is manifestly untrue."
The good news (which will never make the pages of The Good News) is that recently palaeontologists have struck back. Among the case studies highlighted in New Scientist:
- Velvet worms (linking arthropods to nematode worms)
- Lancelets (invertebrates on the journey to vertebrates)
- Fishibians (first cousins to those fish that crawled out onto the land in the Devonian)
- Synapsids (not mammals and not reptiles either...)
- Ceratopsians ("Of all the lies about transitional fossils told by creationists, none are as egregious as the claim that there are no intermediate forms among the dinosaurs... One striking example is the horned dinosaurs, or ceratopsians.")
- Rhinos ("All horses, tapirs and rhinos can be traced back to a common ancestor in the late Paleocene of Asia...")
- Giraffes (In the Miocene they all had short necks!)
- Ichthyosaurs (Lizard fish of the Mesozoic)
- Pinnipeds (Sea lions, walruses and seals descended from primitive bears - and there's a beautiful transitional fossil to prove it. Enaliarctos looked like a seal, but had long toes and claws)
- Manatees (there's a 50-million year old fossil manatee with four legs with feet.)
Which explains all those brain-dead articles in the GN.