Introduction to Evolutionary Mechanisms
Evolution - what is it? Darwin and the Beagle Early evolutionary insights Influences on Darwin Darwins major hypotheses
Transformed biological science
Both style and content Still the corners
K/T boundary site in Italy 2.5-cm-thick clay layer shows high concentration of iridium
Some Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sites also contain
soot shock-metamorphosed quartz grains
What is life?
Metabolism Reproduction Evolution Life is a chemical system capable of Darwinian Evolution. "The arrangement of the atoms in the most vital parts of an organism and the interplay of these arrangements differ in a fundamental way from all th
What is Science?
The goal of science is to make general statements about the universe. Science aims to reduces all empirically obtained knowledge to several all-encompassing theories
Science has been able to achie
Major Questions in Human Evolution
1. What caused evolution of upright posture 2. What is relationship of climate and human evolution 3. What is correct phylogeny of hominids 4. What caused evolution of dramatic brain size increase? 5. What was origin of