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intrB03 - evolution - Anthropology 100 Lecture Outline...

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Anthropology 100 Lecture Outline Understanding Evolution  1. The concept of evolution - Evolution is often referred to as a theory, but this is a theory in a scientific sense, like the theories of relativity or plate tectonics. That evolution occurs is a fact, one abundantly proven by many experiments. - While some people feel that evolution is incompatible with religious theories of creation, it is important to remember that it is a theory of how living things change, not a theory of the origin of the world. - Darwin’s basic argument - Organisms vary in their traits , and some of these traits are passed down to their offspring. - Traits which improve an organism's ability to survive and reproduce will allow it to have more offspring, and as a result those traits will be more prevalent in future generations. - Traits which inhibit an organism's survival or reproduction will, conversely, become less common in future generations. - As a result, over time, members of the species will have more of the helpful
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ANTH 100 taught by Professor Idunno during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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intrB03 - evolution - Anthropology 100 Lecture Outline...

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