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1 Evolution - What’s up with that?

2 Species A group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can reproduce among themselves to produce fertile offspring. In other words, a group of living things that are alike and that can have babies that can have babies.

3 New species are formed as they change over a period of time.
Evolution Change through time. Theory of Evolution New species are formed as they change over a period of time.

4 Example: If a person gets big, bulky muscles, they should pass these on to their children.
An early theory of evolution that was proposed in 1809 by Jean Baptise de Lemarck was the Theory of the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics. Characteristics (traits) that are acquired (obtained) by an organism during their lifetime can be passed on to their offspring. We now know that this is not what happens.

5 Charles Darwin Born 1809 in England Died 1882 in England Education: Edinburgh 2 terms to study medicine Christ’s College in Cambridge to study as a clergy Known as the Father of Evolution

6 HMS Beagle 1831 Darwin took a job as a naturalist on the survey ship the HMS Beagle . While in the Galàpagos Islands off the coast of South America, he noticed animals that were similar to but uniquely different from animals on the mainland. This made him wonder where new species come from and allowed him to formulate his theory of natural selection.

7 Natural Selection and Evolution
Natural selection occurs when organisms with traits best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and reproduce; and these traits are passed on to their offspring. In order to have natural selection, you must have variation in a species. Variation is when you have some inherited trait that makes an individual different from other members of the species. If that trait makes an organism better suited for its environment, it is called an adaptation. Camouflage coloring could be an example of an adaptation.

8 Conditions Required for Natural Selection
Overproduction of offspring + Inherited variation + Struggle to survive = Differential reproductive success

9 Darwin’s Finches By studying the Galàpagos finches, Darwin theorized the animals must have originally come from the mainland. However, because they were isolated, the ones best suited to survive were the ones who reproduced and passed those helpful traits on to their offspring. After many generations, a separate species was formed.

10 Origin of the Species After more than 25 years, Darwin finally published his theory in 1859 in a book called On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. His theory become known as the theory of evolution through natural selection.

11 Fossil Evidence Today, many evidences are used to support the theory of evolution, including fossils. Types of Fossils: mineralized fossils - petrified wood and fossilized bones frozen fossils - frozen wooly mammoths imprint fossils – leaves or bodies that leave an imprint in mud that becomes hard rock cast fossils – a fossilized footprint amber – insects get trapped in hardened resin

12 Phylogenetic Tree shows the theoretical evolutionary history of an organism.

13 Misconceptions Evolution’s main focus is not the origin of life. It deals primarily with how life changed after its origin. Evolution does not state that humans evolved from apes, but rather that we shared a common ancestor. Natural selection does not always lead to greater complexity.

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