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Unformatted text preview: The Nature of Science-see handout • Theory : trying to explain evolutionary change (our “class of phenomena”) • Fact : measurements, observations, data • Facts---hypotheses---theory • scientific theories that have a very large amount of evidence are factual. ◦ Ex: the world is round THEORY OF EVOLUTION • 1858: Darwin and Wallace co-published a theory of evolution of natural selection. Then in 1859 Darin published The Origin of Species. This book discusses the theory of evolution and the mechanism of natural selection. • Context: Lamarck had proposed his own theory of evolution. He knew that species changed over time! Use and disuse-inheritance of acquired traits.(not like Darwin) giraffe example ◦ principles and details-see handout ◦ morphology evolving from simple to complex • Mid-1800's Judeo-Christian -all species created at the same time, separately and never change....
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2009 for the course BIOEE 2780 taught by Professor Geber during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.
- Spring '07