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History of the Theory of Evolution

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Unformatted text preview: History of the Theory of Evolution Evolution implies a change in one or more characteristics in a population of organisms over a period of time. The concept of evolution is as ancient as Greek writings, where philosophers speculated that all living things are related to one another, although remotely. The Greek philosopher Aristotle perceived a “ladder of life” where simple organisms gradually change to more elaborate forms. Opponents of this concept were led by several theologians who pointed to the biblical account of creation as set forth in the Book of Genesis. One prelate, James Ussher, calculated that creation had taken place on October 26, 4004 B.C., at 9 a.m. Opponents of the creationist argument were encouraged by geologists who postulated that the earth is far older than 4,004 years. In 1785, James Hutton postulated that the earth was formed by an is far older than 4,004 years....
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