ANT101H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Species Problem, Georges Cuvier, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte De Buffon

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17 Oct 2016
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One of the important themes that holds biological anthropology and archaeology together is that they are based on evolutionary theory. The intent of this course is not to turn everyone into an evolutionist. That would be a wasted effort on my part and disrespectful of the diverse views in this class. The intent is to help you be able to articulate what evolutionists say and why they say it. I consider this a valuable part of the education process. Before we begin with the history of evolutionary thought, let"s review the worldview of evolutionists: Evolution is a theory that has been tested and has been supported by a mounting body of genetic (and other) evidence. As a theory it has stood the test of time and continues to grow. Evolution takes time; hence, the appearance of a new species is rarely witnessed. Evolutionary principles were developed in western europe, made possible by scientific thinking dating to the.

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