‘One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night … It struck me that I had been working on this stuff (evolution) for twenty years and there was not one thing I knew about it. That’s quite a shock to learn that one can be misled so long. Either there was something wrong with me, or there was something wrong with evolutionary theory … Then I woke up and realized that all my life I had been duped into taking evolution as a revealed truth in some way.’

Dr Colin Patterson (Senior Paleontologist, British Museum of Natural History, London). Keynote Address at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, November 5, 1981.