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1 Evolution Satirical cartoon by Thomas Nast, from Harper’s Weekly, August 19, 1871.
2 Objectives Define evolution. Outline the evidence for evolution. State that populations tend to produce more offspring than the environment can support.Explain that a consequence of over-reproduction of offspring is a struggle for survival.State that members of a species show variation.Explain how sexual reproduction promotes variation in a species.Explain how natural selection leads to evolution.Explain two examples of evolution in response to environmental change.
3 Charles Darwin British; lived from 1809 to 1882. Began to develop the theory of evolution on a trip around the world aboard the HMS Beagle.
4 Charles DarwinCame to realize that the earth had changed over a long period of time, which caused some crea- tures to go extinct, opening up space for new creatures to appear.The history of life on earth wassimilar to a branching tree, tracingback to some common ancestor.Nature selected which creaturessurvived and passed on theircharacteristics. Species change!
5 Evolution definedEvolution: the change over time in the frequency of inherited variations in a population over generations.Natural selection amplifies or diminishes inherited (not acquired) variations.
6 Evolution definedEvolution: the change over time in the frequency of in-herited variations in a population (not individuals).
7 Evolution defined Lamarckian vs. Darwinian evolution: change over time Lamarck was a Frenchman who lived before Darwin and first proposed creatures change over time (evolve).Example: giraffes have a long neck because one stretched its neck to reach high branches and passed the trait on.
8 Evolution defined Lamarckian vs. Darwinian evolution: change over time Darwin would say that giraffe’s necks come in various sizes. Those with a longer neck can reach higher branches and survive better during hard times and pass the trait on to their offspring.
9 Evolution defined Lamarckian vs. Darwinian evolution: change over time Common errors“Potato beetles evolved resistance to DDT in order to survive.”There is no intention to evolve.The beetles either had or didn’t have the genes needed to survive the chemical.Offspring of the survivors shifted the population toward a greater likeli- hood of resistance overall.Peppered moths come in various colors, white to black. Population colors shift as colors of tree trunks change over time, and pre- dators choose different colored moths..
10 Natural selectionNatural selection: the differential success in the reproduction of different phenotypes resulting from the interaction of organisms with their environment.Charles Darwin’s mechanism of evolution.Developed from 5 observations:1) Species are so fertile that populations would rise exponen tially if all individuals reproduced successfully.2) Populations tend to remain stable in size, except for seasonal fluctuations.3) Environmental resources are limited.4) Individuals of a population vary; no two individuals are exactly alike.5) Much of this variation is heritable.
11 Natural selection How natural selection works: Populations tend to produce more offspring than the environment can support.As a consequence, overproduction of offspring leads to a struggle for existence, with only a fraction of the offspring surviving each generation.A generation of mice lasts days, then there are 4 – babies. After 45 days there are perhaps 25 mice, then after another 45 days there could be 125, then 625.
12 Natural selection How natural selection works: Individuals in a species vary.
13 Natural selection How natural selection works: Sexual reproduction promotes variation in a species.Genes are redistributed and mixed among individuals.Asexual reproduction would produce no differences.
14 Natural selection Natural selection leads to evolution Survival is not random, but depends in part on the hereditary make-up of the individuals.Individuals more fit in their environment are likely to leave more offspring than those less fit.Preferential survival & reproduction leads to a gradual change in a population, with favorable characteristics accumulating over the generations.
15 Examples of natural selection Evolution of resistance to in secticides in insect species.Effectiveness of insecticide decreases with time.Each generation there are more resistant insects.Natural selection editsexisting variation.Natural selection favorscharacteristics thatfit the current, localenvironment.
16 Examples of natural selection Drug-resistant strains of HIV evolve rapidly in the viral population infecting any particular patient.Like pesticide resistance: the drug 3TC interferes with HIV replication in human cells.Resistant strains become 100% of the population in just a few weeks.Bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs works in the same way.
17 Evolution Satirical cartoon by Thomas Nast, from Harper’s Weekly, August 19, 1871.
18 Evidence for evolution Evidence of evolution is everywhere in biology.Fossil recordHomologous structuresBiogeographyEmbryonic developmentMolecular biologySelective breedingNatural selection within human lifespan
19 Evidence for evolution Fossil recordFossils are “any traces of dead organisms”: bones, tracks (foot-prints), leaf impressions, excrement, actual organisms frozen in ice, in amber, or in tarpits.
20 Evidence for evolution Fossil recordMost fossils are found in sedimentary rock where deeper rock is older, formed from sand or clay deposits.Stratigraphy – dating fossils by charting the rock layers.Since the late 1940s, fossils are dated by the decay of radioactive isotopes.This is called radiometric dating.
21 Evidence for evolution Fossil recordThe fossil record in rocks provides relative ages.Radiometric dating can determine absolute ages.Organisms accumulate radio- active isotopes when alive.Isotopes decline after death they decay (transform) into another element.Most carbon is 12C, but there is asmall yet constant amount of 14Cin the air, and therefore in ourliving bodies – 1 part per trillion.This amount declines after death.
22 Evidence for evolution Half-life: time for ½ of the isotope atoms to decay.Use 40K to date old rocks: half-life = 1.3 billion yr.Use 235U for early vertebrates: half-life = 700 mil. yr.Use 14C for recent fossils: half-life = 5,730 years.
23 Evidence for evolution Using 14C dating to determine the age of organic materials. Half-life of 14C is 5,730 years.Work backwardfrom the amountpresent today toa time when therewas maximum 14C,1 part per trillion.
24 Evidence for evolution Fossil recordFossils give evidence about the major branches of descent in the tree of life.Order establishedEx: fossil fishes predate other vertebrates; amphibians are next, followed by reptiles, then mammals and birds.
25 Evidence for evolution Fossil recordTransitional forms link old & new species.Evolution of horse’s hooves from 5 toes.Evolution of whale from horse-like animal: whale retains a pelvis where hind legs once attached; forelegs now flippers
26 Evidence for evolution Homologous structuresFeatures of new species are altered versions of ancestral features. Similarity in characteristics resulting from common ancestry is known as homology.All cats have acommon ancestor.
27 Evidence for evolution Homologous structuresFor example, the forelimbs of human, cats, whales, and bats share the same skeletal elements, but different functions because they diverged from the ancestral tetrapod forelimb.They are homologous structures.
28 Evidence for evolution Vestigial organs are homologous structures that have marginal, if any, importance to a current organism, but which had important functions in ancestors.Skeletons of some snakes & fossil whales retain vestiges of pelvis and leg bones of walking ancestors.In humans - wisdom teeth, tailbone, appendix.
29 Evidence for evolution Biogeography - the study of the distribution of life forms over geographical areas.If evolution is true, then we should expect to find related species living near each otherExcept in cases of great mobility (like sea animals, birds, and animals distributed by humans) or over long periods of time (due to plate tectonics).If, however, we find that species are distributed in a random geographic manner, with closely related species no more likely to be found close to each other than unrelated species, then this would be strong evidence against evolution and common descent.
30 Evidence for evolution BiogeographyPlate tectonics – the continents are on plates that glide over the surface of the earth carrying life with them.
31 Evidence for evolution BiogeographyIdentical fossils in parts of the world now widely separated indicate that the continents were once joined.The southernpart of Pangaea
32 Evidence for evolution BiogeographyAustralian example: marsupials vary widely but are more closely relat ed to each other than to similarly- appearing animals on other continents.All have a pouch!Placental predators out-competed them on other continents, and they disappeared. Australia (with no placentals) was isolated.
33 Evidence for evolution BiogeographyMarsupials ori ginated in SA million yrs ago then spread to Australia.
34 Evidence for evolution BiogeographySpecies tend to be more closely related to other species from the same area than to other species with the same way of life, but living in different areas.The sugar glider from Australiais more closely related to othermarsupial mammals in Australiathan to the flying squirrel, a pla-cental mammal of North America.This is an example of convergentevolution.
35 Evidence for evolution Embryonic developmentGenes for embryonic development are conserved in many different species making the embryos similar.All vertebrate embryos have structures called pharyngeal pouches in their throat at some stage in their development. These develop into different, but still homologous, adult structures: gills of fish or Eustachian tubes in mammals.
36 Evidence for evolution Molecular biology corroborates evolutionary trees.Evolutionary relationships among species are documented in their DNA and proteins.Ex: the Cytochrome c protein is more similar when crea- tures are closely related:Human & chimp have the same 104 amino acids, dog has 13 differences, rattle snake has 20 changes.
37 Evidence for evolution Selective breedingHumans have domes ticated many animals, giving them new char acteristics over time (they evolved).Dogs domesticated from wolves about ,000 years ago.Sheep, cattle, horses goats, pigs, chickens
38 Evidence for evolution Selective breedingPlants: corn, wheat, potato, bean, cabbage, etc.
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