Why are fossil evidence important to Darwin?
Scientists at the beginning of the 1800’s knew about some kind of fossils. Charles Darwin studied fossils carefully to prove his theory of evolution. He found no strong evidence against evolution , and much in its favor. When fossils are arranged in the order of their age, a continual series of change is seen, new changes being added at each stage. The fossils remains of the now-extinct reptile mesosaurus found in Africa and south America provided one of the earliest clues to a former connection between the two continents. Mesosaurus was a freshwater species, and so , clearly incapable of a transatlantic swim. There for, it must have lived in the lake and rivers of a landmass that later become divided as Africa and south America, and drifted apart.