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Tom Kemp on the Fossils Actually Found

Tom Kemp, Curator of Zoological Collections at the Oxford University Museum. "A Fresh Look at the Fossil Record" New Scientist (Vol. 108, No. 1485, December 5, 1985), p. 66.

Paleontology is now looking at what is actually finds, not what it is told that it is supposed to find. As is now well known, most fossil species appear instantaneously in the fossil record, persist for some millions of years virtually unchanged, only to disappear abruptly — the “punctuated equilibrium” pattern of Eldredge and Gould.