Far from “a nice clean example” of “gradualistic evolutionary change” that has “no gaps,” the fossil record shows a dramatic discontinuity.
Flowering plants or angiosperms appear abruptly in the fossil record of the Lower Cretaceous (about 130 million years ago).
These fossils are often celebrated as missing links and a success story for Darwinism.
The media campaign lead to headlines that were not content with calling the fossil a missing link but simply “THE link” or “the eighth wonder of the world.”
It looks a bit like a tadpole with body and tail, and this indeed points towards one of the great scientific controversies of the 20th century.