Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist, British Museum of Natural History, gave akeynote address at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, in 1981. In it he explained his sudden "anti-evolutionary" view:
One morning I woke up and . . . it struck me that I had been working on this stuff 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 for so long . . . I've tried putting a simple question to various people: 'Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing that is true?' I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, 'I do know one thing, - it ought not be taught in high school.'"