Finches on the Galapagos
Islands evolved to adapt
to different habitats.
Most recently in the news over reports that hint at the "missing link" connecting apes and homo sapiens, the topic of evolution has been a hot button issue between various groups ever since being introducted as a subject of inquiry in the early 19th century.
selection - evolution explained
as we know it today began with an historic trip to the Galapagos
Islands in 1835 by naturalist Charles
explained how creatures who were best adapted to their environment
enabled them to pass on their genes to offspring. Thus, in a winner-take-all
game of "survival of the fittest", adaptive species
often prospered and predominated over less adaptable ones.
the genetic pool sometimes resulted in a slightly altered species
and, sometimes, the emergence of an entirely new one.
creationism, and intelligent design
Simians to Sapiens : more evidence has
emerged to prove
that over thousands
of years apes evolved into modern man.
detective work that followed - illustrating how man
evolved from apes - soon raised serious objections throughout
the world, especially in communities professing a strong belief
in Biblical interpretations of creation.
this more evident than in the U.S., where religious fervor eventually
resulted in the now-famous Scopes
Monkey Trial in which a Tennessee teacher was taken to court
in 1925 for teaching evolution in the classroom.
Darwin's theory on mankind's origins remains a hotbed of contention
in America where according to a 2001 Gallup Poll proponents of
design still made up about 45% of the population.
By tradition, February
12 is Darwin
Day, celebrating the birth of the British naturalist born
in London on that day in 1809. In 2009, special 200th anniversary
celebrations promoted in universities, science centers - and,
of course, on the Web and in the media - paid special tribute
to the man who began the "evolution revolution" which
continues to be tested (and to spark controversy) well into the
More about evolution around the Web:
Web, learn more about evolution and Darwin's theory at top sites
offering more information on its history with photos, illustrations
and video clips, recent news & information on genetic research,
along with more on the current controversy surrounding evolution
and religious teaching ....
Evolution - In-depth University of California Museum of
Paleontology guide to the topic with a survey of the available
evidence, recent news reports & webcasts, classroom activities
& lesson plans, with resources to more information on natural
selection, the history of evolutionary theory and genetics.
- PBS companion site to its NOVA science series with details on
the life and work of Charles Darwin, famous examples of evolutionary
survival and adaptation, video clips and interactive exhibits, student
& teacher resources, FAQ.
Science & Nature - The evolution of man - Companion
site to the television series chronicling the rise of homo heidelbergensis,
the neanderthals and homo sapiens, with information on important
fossil discoveries, photos & images, hyperlinks to related
Theories of Evolution - An examination of similar theories
throughout history, evidence in support of the Darwin's theory,
teacher resources including interactive flash cards, sample Web
Creationism and Intelligent Design Controversy - Join
the fray with an overview of positions taken by each of its proponents,
with important essays, events & other major sources of information
on the evolution debate, suggested reading and a directory of
resources to further information.
Science: What is Evolution? - Kid-friendly history covering
pre-Darwinian theory to present-day religious controversies with
suggested books, related resources, photos & illustrations.