According to the Theory of Evolution, life began millions of years ago on Earth in a primordial soup, appearing as the most basic form of life and from that evolving from the most simple into the most complex species. If the theory is true, there would have to have been a vast amount of intermediate species in the fossil record. Darwin mused over the lack of transitional forms between the species he claimed had common ancestors, and concluded that the reason none could be found was the “extreme imperfection of the geological record.”
One of the most glaring problems for the theory today is the continued lack of intermediate species in the face of a very rich geological record! No one is able to complain today, as Darwin did in his book, that the record is incomplete. Yet, the fossil record is pregnant with gaps between modern species their supposed less complex ancient ancestors.
“The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of fossils.” Stephen Jay Gould, Harvard University; “Evolution’s Erratic Pace,” Natural History 86, (1977): 14.
“Both the origin of life and the origin of the major groups of animals remain unknown.” [Alfred G. Fisher; evolutionist Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia 1998, fossil section].
Dr. Colin Paterson is the senior paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History, which has the largest fossil collection in the world. Dr. Paterson was asked: why he did not show the missing links in his book, Evolution, he replied:
“I fully agree with your comments on the lack of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would have included them. I will lay it on the line—there is not one such fossil…” [Dr. Colin Paterson, Senior Paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History – in correspondence with Luther Sunderland, quoted in “Darwin’s Enigma”]
Stephen J. Gould, the now deceased professor of paleontology of Harvard University, also admitted that there are no transitional fossils:
“The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages… has been a persistent and nagging problem for evolution.” [Dr. Stephen J. Gould; Evolution Now; page 140; Professor of Geology at Harvard University in Boston].
In other words, we have the theory; we know it’s true; we just need the evidence!
In the words of paleontologist David Raup: “In the years after Darwin, his advocates hoped to find predictable progressions. In general, these have not been found—yet the optimist has died hard, and some pure fantasy has crept into textbooks.” [Science, July 17 1981, Vo l 213, p.289]
What? There is fantasy in the evolutionary tree? Indeed there has been. We could name the Nebraska Man, devised from the tooth of a wild pig, the Piltdown Man an outright hoax, the Java Man who turned out to be a gibbon, the Orce Man who turned out to be a donkey, Peking Man who turned out to be an ape, Lucy (Australopithecus) who also turned out to be an ape. These are among the myths of the evolutionary theory—the wishful thinking (and at least one outright hoax) of scientists who believed strongly in their theory but erred in their conclusions, no doubt due to their eagerness to get funding for their projects.
One could hardly condemn people who are simply wrong. We all err, and sometimes we err, because we are simply too eager to prove what we truly believe is so. On such occasions we make overly eager judgments instead of patiently waiting for more conclusive evidence. However, what one cannot excuse is the fact that it takes so long to remove these errors from the textbooks, sometimes decades. While one can understand an oversight, how is it possible to understand known errors taught years after their discovery as anything less than deliberate?
 Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, 1859, page 311
 Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, Vol. 2, 6th edition; page 49.
 George T. Neville; “Fossils in Evolutionary Perspective” Science Progress, Vol. 48, January 1960, pages 1, 3.
 It has been pointed out to me that ‘Java Man’ was not a hoax but belongs to the species homo-erectus, and after some investigation, I quite agree. The others listed above are hoaxes, but Java Man is not. He belongs to an extinct ape family that lived in groups and even used tools (like some chimps do). This opinion will not, however, be universally accepted, as many (most?) scientists would put Java Man in the human family. I do not.