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ANTH 1210 Chapter 1: Topic 13

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ANTH 1210
Haskel J.Greenfield

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o98P Mechanical process by hich biological evolution could take place Argued Species are not fixed Changed in response to demands in their environment o Use and disuse Mechanism of change New characteristic acquired through exercise of will power New characteristics pass on to descendants Theory calle inheritance of acquired characteristics Famous example Long neck of giraffe Theory did not find favor among contemporaries Unfounded No proof for mechanism At odds with accepted religious doctrine Georges Cuvier Paleontology Study of fossils Rock strata Oldest deepest Catastrophism Planet shaken by sudden and violent catastrophes Periodic intervals Great flood (Genesis) was only latest example With each catastrop e almost all living things were destroyed Explains the successive geological layers and their After each cataclysm planet was repopulated with the few survivors o Perhaps with help of some newly created species
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