The Fossils Say Yes

Prothero, Donald R.
November 2005
Natural History;Nov2005, Vol. 114 Issue 9, p52
The article discusses the role of fossils in the theory of evolution by natural selection formulated by naturalist Charles Darwin. When Darwin first proposed the idea of evolution by natural selection in 1859, the fossil record offered little support for his ideas. By the late nineteenth century, fossils helped demonstrate how the modern thoroughbred horse evolved from a dog-size, three-toed creature with low-crowned teeth. Fossil evidence supporting evolution has continued to mount. DNA analysis has helped make sense of how the evidence fits together in the family tree of life on Earth.


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