Unformatted text preview: >Evolution by natural selection is a unifying theme for all of biology >The foundation of evolutionary thought developed gradually over centuries >Main ideas of evolution were not widely accepted until after Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859 >Heavily influenced by theology-All organisms were created simultaneously-Each distinct life-form was permanently fixed and did not change over time >Expressed by ancient Greek philosophers-Plato (427-347 B.C.)-Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) arranged all organisms on a linear scale of increasing complexity (“ladder of Nature”) 1...
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- Spring '08