Comparitive Anatomy = the study of anatomical features of animals different species.
Paleontology = the study of fossilized forms.
Fixity of Species = A theory that derives from Biblical creation, in which each living thing
has always existed and will always exist by God`s acts of creation.
Catastrophism = the idea that catastrophic events altered geological features and caused
the extinction of plants and animals.
Geology = the scientific study of the Earth, what it is made of, and how it changes over
School of thought = a group of people united in their shared belief in some ideas or concepts.
Uniformitarianism = a theory that natural processes, such as erosion, operating in the past
are the same as those that operate in the present
Social Darwinism = the misguided application of the concepts of natural selection and
biological evolution to the historical development of human societies, placing special
emphasis on the idea of “survival of the fittest”.
Creationism = the largely Christian belief that all life was created by a supernatural deity
(typically God), the existence of which is presupposed.
Intelligent Design = The largely Christian belief that living things occur because of
intelligent cause, not as a result of undirected processes, such as evolution and natural
Theology = the study of religion from a religious perspective.
Agnostic = a person holding the belief that God is unknown and unknowable.
Phenotype = observable traits or characteristics of an organism.
Genes = Basic, functional units of heredity.
Genotype = Genetic makeup of an organism.
Allele = one of several forms of the same gene.
Homozygous = identical rather than different alleles in the corresponding loci of a pair of
Heterozygous = different rather than identical alleles in the corresponding loci of a pair of