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Lecture 1 – EEB 13: Evolution of Life – 8 Jan 2008 Dr. Hespenheide Introduction: Why evolution of life? - understanding of evolution necessary for an educated individual in Western European society important as unifying concept for all of biology ; that is, all biological data can be understood in terms of evolution, for example: - dinosaurs (the bones of “T. rex,” Barney), toys for children, but organisms that have been extinct for 65 million years - the colors of flowers and butterflies – we think of them as “pretty,” but their colors have functions in their lives that can be understood by evolutionary concepts - songs of birds – bird songs ( e.g. , the nightingale) have inspired poets and composers, but they too have an evolutionary explanation - why you and I have 2 arms each with hands with 5 fingers and 2 legs each with feet with 5 toes – we have those and so do your cat or dog or lizard or hamster and almost all terrestrial animals because our (shared) ancestors had them we are biological organisms, too, like your cat or dog,
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