Chapter 16
Darwin's Theory of Evolution

Chapter Resources

Timing is Everything

(A NOVA essay by author Joe Levine)

What Darwin Never Knew
(A NOVA program on evolution)

Darwin Exhibit

(from the American Museum of Natural History. Click Here for an Educator's Guide to the Exhibit)

The PBS Evolution Web Site

Evolution & Faith

(from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. A series of interviews, including author Ken Miller)



Q: What is natural selection?

Think about it - If you'd met young Charles Darwin, you probably wouldn't have guessed that his ideas would change the way we look at the world. His father once complained, "You will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family." Yet Charles would one day come up with one of th emost important scientific theories of all time.

Key Questions Include:

What was Charles Darwin's contribution to science?
What three patterns of Biodiversity did Darwin note?
What did Hutton and Lyell conclude about Earth's history?
How did Lamarck propose that species evolve?
What was Malthus' view of population growth?
How is inherited variation used in artificial selection?
Under what conditions does natural selection occur?
What does Darwin's mechanism for evolution suggest about living and extinct species?
How does the geographic distibution of species relate to their evolutionary history?
How can molecular biology be used to trace the course of evolution?
What does recent research on the Galpagos finches show about natural selection?

SciLinks: Evolution
SciLinks: Natural Selection

Such Varied Honeycreepers

The misty rainforests on the Hawaiian islans of Kauai are home to birds found nowhere else on Earth. One of these is the 'i'iwi, just one of a number of species of Hawaiian honeycreepers, all of which are related to finches. How did these birds get to Hawaii, and how did they come to develop into so many different species?

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Biology & History
The Origins of Evolutionary Thought