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According to Genesis, God made Adam, Eve, and all the animals first.
Then Adam and Eve started a family and left plenty of descendents.
Biological evolution is change in the characteristics of living organisms over generations.
Despite your vastly superior tastes in music and fashion, you probably look vaguely like your parents, just as they look vaguely like their parents.
Furthermore, many animals — giant ground sloths in South America, monstrous reptiles in England — had gone extinct long ago.
So even if people continued to look to the Bible for spiritual guidance, they began to doubt it was a literal account of the history of life on Earth.
But if you were to go back further in time, a couple million years before anybody figured out how to write, your ancestors would still have two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth, a head sitting atop an oblong body with two arms and legs. If you went further back in time, the arms would be front legs.
One more problem for Noah was a shift in philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries.
As unlikely as it sounds, life forms from spiders to spider monkeys belong to the same family tree.
Even fungus merits an invitation to the family reunion.
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.