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One man who managed to stir some doubt was Niels Stensen (or Nicolaus Steno).
A religious man, Steno wasn't out to disprove the Bible; he used it as the basis for his work in piecing together old landscapes.
Rather than simply relying on miracles, scholars and savants (there were few actual scientists just yet) adopted the view that God played by His own rules, so understanding nature could contribute to understanding God.
Then Adam and Eve started a family and left plenty of descendents.
A simple way to think of evolution is "descent with modification" — over many generations, organisms change into something different.
People took a long time to figure out that evolution happened, and for many years, Western civilization relied largely on the Bible to understand how we got here.
Steno wasn't alone in inadvertently causing Noah trouble.
All the naturalists who traveled to the New World and Australia to draw, collect, measure and catalog what lived there threatened to sink Noah's Ark with too many passengers.