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An Introduction To Evolution

v3.2.0 / TOC (24 chapters) / 01 jul 13 / greg goebel / public domain

* In 1859, the British naturalist Charles Darwin published ON THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, which proposed that the different species of life-forms on the Earth all descended through a tree of branching paths from common ancestors, with the process controlled by "natural selection" -- the weeding-out of modified life-forms that prove "unfit" to survive, with those that are "fit" continuing to propagate. This document provides a detailed tutorial on evolutionary theory, describing the origins, details, and development of Darwin's concepts.

This document is extensive, and those who see it as more than they want may find the companion brief survey document, AN EVOLUTION PRIMER, more appropriate to their needs.

young Charles Darwin


[1.0] Roots Of Modern Evolutionary Thought

[2.0] Darwin's Theory

[3.0] The Debate Over Evolution

[4.0] Evolution Rebooted

[5.0] Eugenics & Social Darwinism

[6.0] The Modern Synthesis

[7.0] Contemporary Evolutionary Thought (1)

[8.0] Contemporary Evolutionary Thought (2)

[9.0] A Short History Of Life (1): The Prokaryotes

[10.0] A Short History Of Life (2): The Eukaryotes

[11.0] A Short History Of Life (3): Multicellular Organisms

[12.0] A Short History Of Life (4): The Mesozoic

[13.0] A Short History Of Life (5): The Tertiary

[14.0] A Short History Of Life (6): The Humans

[15.0] A Short History Of Life (7): The Human Impact

[16.0] Modern Evolutionary Theory & Its Competitors

[17.0] Macroevolution (1)

[18.0] Macroevolution (2)

[19.0] The Classic Evidence (1)

[20.0] The Classic Evidence (2)

[21.0] Evolutionary Strategies

[22.0] The Genetic Evidence (1)

[23.0] The Genetic Evidence (2)

[24.0] A Summing Up

[25.0] The Failure Of Creationism


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