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originally posted by: GreenGunther
a reply to: NerdGoddess
It's impossible to have a fossil of every single species that ever lived because the conditions for fossilization to occur is so rare.
We deduce this by looking at fossils and comparing their age, location, and many other factors to determine how they relate to other species and how those species developed.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: secretboss
This is not a legal question, but a question about history.
Historians know they are never going to get evidence of a legal standard, so they make the best conclusions they can from whatever evidence they've got.
As long as the theory of evolution is not being used to convict someone of a crime, it doesn't need proof to a legal standard. Balance of probabilities will do.