A view open to intelligent design can follow the evidence freely. It does not require a particular narrative of how humanity arose.
Darwin’s “abominable mystery” is not only very much alive and kicking, but it also suggests intelligent design.
The evidence includes “explosions,” “jumps,” and “revolutions” in the history of life that cannot be explained given the assumption of Darwinian gradualism.
Evans et al. (2021) seem to have been well aware of the circular reasoning in their argument.
The new fossils stem from a layer in the Nama Group of Namibia, just below an ash bed that could be radiometrically dated to 547.32 ± 0.65 million years.