A quick brief on Evolution; Decent with modification and Enviormental Attrishion

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Dawkinsia named after Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. (credit to http://www.seriouslyfish.com)

We all come from different places all over the the world, different cultures, and different experiences in education. Because of that I would like to give a brief explanation on Evolution and clear up some misconceptions, and if there is anything you would like to know that I didn’t cover feel free to ask me during class.

Evolution is the process of population changes over time and them adapting to the environment. Individuals do not evolve, populations evolve. Every animal born to its parents is of the same species, so no chimps giving birth to humans. But over successive generations, they can change to fit with a changing environment. The shift of species is a gradient not a step ladder, it is a smooth transition from one species to another. Evolution is a process of specialization, Darwin’s survival of the fittest does not refer to the strongest survive, but the most fit for the environment survive. I mentioned briefly in class a program known as biomorphs written by Richard Dawkins which emulates decent with modification over successive generations here is a link to the program (http://www.well.com/~hernan/biomorphs/). Give it a try.

Again. If you have any questions, just ask me during class. I’m happy to clear things up.

-Kyle Burns

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