Why would Eldredge and Gould propose such a model? Because they knew the data showed that potential transitional fossils are an extreme rarity.
For those wedded to an evolutionary interpretation of life’s history, the fossil and genetic evidence leave the origin of arthropods a major mystery.
The evolutionary turns that life has taken, he says, “ultimately have their source in an informational realm that is outside space and time.”
The “dreadful beasts, grinning knowingly,” have a message for evolutionists: “no further in this direction!”
Or is it trickier than the scientists imagine, more akin to “hiding your tuna fish sandwich in a room full of cats”?