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Evolution and Religious Creation MythsHow Scientists Respond$
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Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.001.0001

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 What Is Evolutionary Biology and Where Is It Coming From?

 What Is Evolutionary Biology and Where Is It Coming From?

(p.31) 2 What Is Evolutionary Biology and Where Is It Coming From?
Evolution and Religious Creation Myths

Paul F. Lurquin

Linda Stone (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Darwin-Wallace theory of evolution by natural selection. In particular, it explains the notion of fitness, which underlies the concepts of descent with modification and the appearance of species categorized into clades. It shows that descent with modification is a much better evolutionary theory than the “Great chain of being” model, which implies that evolution is driven toward the production of more perfect and complex life-forms. Finally, it explains how the science of genetics strongly supports evolution through the notions of mutation, gene frequencies in populations, and drift.

Keywords:   clades, descent, drift, evolution, fitness, gene frequency, genetics, Great chain of Being, mutation, natural selection

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