ANT101H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Divergent Evolution, Phyletic Gradualism, Evolutionary Taxonomy

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17 Oct 2016
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This chapter concentrates on macroevolution and the intent of your studying this material is to introduce the basic concepts and vocabulary of evolutionary theory as it relates to large time frames. The relationship between macroevolutionary change and the classification of living organisms. The process by which species change over time. This chapter is a self-paced study and so there is no lecture on the material. There have been 4 significant evolutions (each dependent on the preceding): 1) inorganic evolution focuses on the origin of the universe and subsequent events (this tends to be studied by physicists and astronomers) 2) organic evolution looks at the study of life on earth (geologists and evolutionary biologists are researchers who work with these questions) 3) social evolution deals with questions related to sociality, being part of a social group (biologists and sociologists are often found working in this area.

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