8-26 Lecture Notes

8-26 Lecture Notes - 8/26/09 Lecture Notes In t roduction...

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8/26/09 Lecture Notes Introduction Evolution as an idea Had been around as early as 600 BC Aniximantor (610-546 BC) Suggested possible origins for humans and animals (with an aquatic origin for humans) Aristotle (364-322 BC) Spontaneous generation Eranus Darwin (1731-18022) Famous physician-Evolutionary ideas Lamarck (1744-1829) Major problem with his theory was the idea that acquired characteristics can be passes on. Charles Darwin Background: Studied medicine- ministry HMS beagle- 1831- Worked as the naturalist on board Alfred Wallace Studying Biography in Malaysia and Indonesia Famous for the Wallace line- the line marking the separation of Asia and Australian faunas in the Malay Archipelago 1858 writes to Darwin Darwin Publishes his report under the Title: On The origin of species by means of natural selection or the preservation of the favored races in the struggle for life SELECTION Basic Idea 1. Survival of the fittest? This makes it sound like there is some sort of struggle for survival where the organisms are getting killed or surviving
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2. Social Darwinism e.g. Adolph Hitler –The most powerful and
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