Man has been searching for fossils, or stumbling upon them, for millennia.
One of the central pillars of the standard evolutionary model is the belief that all living species evolved from a common ancestor through a gradually unfolding tree of life.
We talk about the “evolution” of automobiles, yet we know there was design at every stage of this evolution.
The point here isn’t to prevent abuse, if it exists. We have animal-welfare laws for that.
These days, it is sometimes difficult to discern where “science” ends and ideology begins.