8-24 - The Human Species 8/24/07 History of Evolutionary...

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The Human Species – 8/24/07 History of Evolutionary Thought – Chapter 2 I. Evolution Change in the genetic structure of a population and/or the appearance of a new species. Details of evolutionary processes from a historical perspective are important to understand human evolution. II. Pre-1850’s Evolutionary Thinking The Greeks A. Aristotle (384-322BC) Greece is the first western civilization Earth is the center of the universe The Great Chain of Being : God’s creations arranged in a hierarchical form from simple to complex. (insects, animals, people) o Other Animals Prosimians Monkeys Apes “Man” Angels God B. Cladius Ptolemy (AD 85-165) Greek geographer and astronomer o Egypt (Alexandria) – center of knowledge of world at the time. o Geocentric notion of the Universe: Earth is at the center. Pre-Scientific view in Europe C. Middle Ages (AD 500-1500) The Pope of the Catholic Church is the only form of unity in Europe. World view shaped by the teachings of the Church
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course ANT 2511 taught by Professor Sinelli during the Fall '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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8-24 - The Human Species 8/24/07 History of Evolutionary...

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