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BIO370lecture1(1) - BIO370 EVOLUTION Dr Lisa Boucher(first...

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BIO 370 EVOLUTION Dr. Lisa Boucher (first half of semester) Dr. Jon Seal (second half of semester) T/Th 11:00-12:30pm BUR 208 12:30-2:00pm BUR 208 Course website on Blackboard
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Course Introduction Syllabus, policy, grading, etc. Scope of evolutionary biology What patterns about life do we need to explain? And can we explain? How did they form?
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3rd edition 4rd edition
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What this course IS Bio 370 is an introduction to the history, scope, importance, and processes of evolution Focus on learning about mechanisms of evolution, rather than particular facts Split into two components: Microevolution Macroevolution
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Why?   Why?   Why?   Why?
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Explanations for dead cow: Sick Hungry Thirsty Bullet (involving a cowboy) Lightning strike Snake bite Old age and so on…
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Other” explanations for dead cow: Hexed by a wizard Killed by a demon Got by a “dark vadar”……aka “darth vader” and so on … No precedence No data to collect No way to confirm or refute NOT SCIENCE
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Science seeks to understand the natural world by seeking natural explanations
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Bio 370 is not an extensive review of the history of the earth Bio 370 won’t focus on philosophical or religious questions about evolution Evolution is a fact as gravity is a fact! » Scientists refer to both as theories
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2011 for the course BIO 370 taught by Professor Edwards during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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