Exquisitely preserved animal fossils now show up on three widely separated continents. The earliest are just as complex as those in the Burgess Shale.
For the established scientific consensus on human evolution, 2017 was a genuine annus horribilis.
Dubious procedures like these would be unthinkable in other natural sciences, such as physics.
It looks like 2017 could become some kind of genuine annus horribilis for the established scientific consensus on human evolution.