Personally, I am quite sympathetic to the dissenting view of my paleontologist colleague Simon Conway Morris.
Researchers in Austria think they have found a clue: a cryptochrome protein that appears to respond to the lunar cycle.
Boom! There goes the “exquisitely documented” evolution of turtles. Sorry, Professor Dave.
Ubiquitous discontinuities contradict the gradualist predictions of Darwin’s theory and thus should count as empirical falsifications of that theory.
Contrary to the gradualistic expectations of Darwin’s theory, the distinct body plan of turtles appeared abruptly in the Late Triassic.