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BI 215 T1 Study - Chapter One Why is it important to study evolution o Evolution is the unifying theory of biology and nothing in biology would

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Chapter One Why is it important to study evolution? o Evolution is the unifying theory of biology, and nothing in biology would make sense without it. o It is important in all fields, and is the framework for the past, present, and future: important in agriculture, conservation, forensics, and medicine. Who were the key people in the development of evolutionary thought? o What is uniformitarianism? o The principle that the same geological processes that operated in the past operate in the present, and that the observations of geology can therefore be explained by causes we can now observe. Who was Lamarck? What was he right about, and what was he wrong about? o Lamarch was a zoologist. o He was right about evolution, but wrong about the mechanism. What did Darwin do? How did his ideas develop? o Darwin: naturalist on HSS Beagle. o His ideas developed by studying species he saw on his trips. He developed ideas of descent with modification and natural selection. What was the modern synthesis? o The reconciliation of Darwin’s theory with the findings of modern genetics, which gave rise to a theory that emphasized the coactions of random mutation, selection, genetic drift, and gene flow. What are some ways that Darwin’s ideas affected Western philosophy? o What is the difference between a scientific theory and a scientific hypothesis? o
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course BI 215 taught by Professor Teeter during the Fall '10 term at Northern Michigan University.

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BI 215 T1 Study - Chapter One Why is it important to study evolution o Evolution is the unifying theory of biology and nothing in biology would

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