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Can you guess where this quotation comes from?

THE GRADUALIST'S DILEMMA

"The basic article of faith of a gradualist approach is that major morphological innovations can be produced without some sort of saltation. But the dilemma of the New Synthesis is that no one has satisfactorily demonstrated a at the population genetic level by which innumerable very small phenotypic changes could accumulate rapidly to produce large changes: a process for the origin of the magnificently improbable from the ineffably trivial. This leads to skepticism about the microevolutionary approach. Perhaps, as Waddington put it: 'the real guts of evolution -- which is, how do you come to have horses and tigers, and things -- is outside the mathematical theory.'"

Did you guess a creationist publication? Sorry!

(Thomson, Keith Stewart; "Macroevolution: The Morphological Problem," American Zoologist, 32:106, 1992.)

(And just the other day, we read that evolution was a proven fact!)

From Science Frontiers #82, JUL-AUG 1992. 1992-2000 William R. Corliss