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See, the good ol' T of E was... um, invented? Discovered? Whatever the term is, it was come up with by a couple of scientists (Darwin, and another fellow whose name eludes me) studying animal distribution and morphology. Then someone said, Hey, if this theory is true, then shouldn't comparative anatomy show great similarities between different creatures that we think are closely related? And it was so. And somebody else said, Hey, if this theory is true, then shouldn't these fossils look like they should show transitions between different life forms? And it was so. And, for that matter, with modern science, we've done that with the genetic codes of various living things and found out, yep, these things that we've been saying _should_ have similar chromosomal structures _do_. I suppose that if the only proof you accepted was eyewitness accounts, that's not proof... but when one has a theory, one can make predictions with it, and if the predictions are true, and do follow from the theory, they are considered evidence _for_ the theory. Anyway, the point is, the good ol' T of E was (whatever)ed BEFORE all this fossil evidence came along... but the fossils acted like the theory said they should... and so on, and so forth.

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