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Misconceptions about Evolution- Feb 26th.docx

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McMaster University
Tracy Prowse

4/28/2013 10:50:00 PM Misconceptions about Evolution: - Evolution is just a theory - theory:  popularly, a mere conjecture or guess  in science, a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world,  an explanatory idea that has been proven over time with support - Gaps in the fossil record disprove evolution  doesn’t mean that evolution is wrong, it means that the evidence is restricted, understanding the source of the evidence - Fossils  Can take difference appearances and forms, the natural organic material is changed into an inorganic solid material,  Organic material (e.g. bone) is replaced by minerals from surrounding soil  Only a percentage of fossil records or found and preserved - where are the earliest fossils found? Misconceptions: - Evolution and religion are incompatible  false- talking to scientists and profs: follow evolution and the scientific method but are religions and believe in their creature  trying to explain the natural world as it exists now and in the past through science and natural evidence - Why not „teach the controversy‟? - Evolution is a theory in crisis  scientists will always debate how evolution occurred- not IF it occurred, it is a debate on their analysis on the fossil record  two different hypothesis on how evolution happened Course Job for the exam: Explain how scientists use evolution to explain the natural world and how humans evolved What do hominids look like? - fossils are always assigned scientific name - Australopithecus apheresis- ‘Lucy’ - small front teeth and large molars - Bipedalism (walked on two feet) & associated anatomical adaptions - increased manual dexterity Ardipithecus ramidus (5.8-5.2 million years ago) - oldest type of fossil found - very small brains, changes in cranial - big moral teeth - probably bipedal - at 35 individuals in Ethiopia - probably looked at lot like primates - in 2009 it was considered one of the biggest scientific break through that has occurred- filled in a fossil gap. Australopithecus apheresis “Lucy” (4 m
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