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Lecture notes, Biology 152, 20 January 2010 Introduction to evolution. “Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution” – Theodosius Dobzhansky This lecture introduces two central concepts in biology: evolution and natural selection. Understanding these two ideas will be the basis for making sense of the next two weeks of lectures, and the course in general. The theory of evolution is described using both inductive and deductive arguments, including several real-world examples. Finally, we will discuss the differences between the terms theory and
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Unformatted text preview: hypothesis in science; they are quite different than in colloquial usage. General Topics: I. Precursors to Darwin II. Darwin’s two main ideas a. Evolution b. Natural Selection III. Descent with modification IV. Observations and inferences about evolution a. Inductive vs. deductive reasoning V. Real world examples a. Health and medicine b. Manipulations c. Transitional forms d. Homology e. Artificial selection VI. Theory vs. hypothesis...
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