Darwin's Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin- wrote On the Origin of Species • contemporaries believed that species were unchangeable, structures made due to will of the Divine Creator • proposed that natural laws produced change/evolution over time • never challenged the existence of a Divine Creator • based his ideas on studies in S America and Galápagos Islands • didn't publish his results for 16 years until Alfred Russel Wallace submitted similar theory independently • The Descent of Man- argues that humans and apes have similar ancestors Darwin's evidence- from expeditions to the Americas • fossils of extinct armadillos found in the same area where similar armadillos lived • 14 species of finches on the Galápagos Islands all had different beaks from eating different food, but otherwise very similar • resemblances in plants in close areas, not similar climates Thomas Malthus- wrote Essay on the Principle of Population • pointed out that human population grew geometrically, but food supply grew
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course BSC BSC1005 taught by Professor Orlando,rebecca during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.