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Darwin’s LegacyWhat Evolution Means Today$
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John Dupré

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284214.001.0001

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What is the Theory of Evolution Good For?

What is the Theory of Evolution Good For?

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Darwin’s Legacy

John Dupré

Oxford University Press

Even though evolutionary theory provides insights into the history of life, details of specific phenomena are often greatly overstated and this is what this chapter examines as it discusses the importance of the theory and how evolutionary explanations really work. This chapter argues that evolution only sees the organism and not necessarily the trait, so the specific division of organisms into features and traits is not given much study. Particular aspects of an organism can be a source of more detailed study on the theory of evolution. There is an ongoing project within revolutionary studies that aims to translate the actual sequence of living forms and this ongoing research coordinates theory and evidence in a manner that supports evidences and respects scientific claims on evolution. Charles Darwin's significant work on the theory of evolution involves scientific interpretation and its consequences.

Keywords:   evolution, division, organisms, Charles Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould, sexual selection, practical science

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