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BZ 220, Week one notes

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These notes are from week one class. I tried to simplify the information as best I could.
Introduction to Evolution
Angeloni, Lisa Maria
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Biology, bz, evolution




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Date Created: 01/17/16
Intro to Evolution January 19 2016 Week 1  Evolution o Descent with modification o Inherited changes in population of organisms over time, which leads to differences among them o Changes in allele frequency in a population from one generation to the next  Effects of evolution are visible at many scales o Persistence of a new mutation o Change in frequency of a gene o Origin or loss of structures o Extinction of species  Microevolution: small-scale changes within populations  Macroevolution: large-scale changes that lead to speciation or higher lever diversification  Evolution explains o Diversity and history of life o Similarities and differences among organisms o Traits that serve a function and those that don’t Applications of Evolution  Diseases o Infectious o Genetic  Agriculture o Artificial selection and genetic engineering  Example: Modifying corn to make it sweeter o Pest resistance to insectides  Natural Products o Aspirin  Conservation o Inbreeding, genetic diversity  Example: To rescue species going instinct o Distinguish species  Understanding our own history, traits and diversity January 21 2016 Week 1 cont.  Essentials of scientific inquiry o It’s guided by natural law o It has to be explanatory by reference to natural law o It is testable against the empirical world o It’s conclusions are tentative o It’s falsifiable (not necessary for inference in “historical” science)  Scientific Method o Differs from experimental science o Makes predictions that can be tested against observable natural phenomena o Scientific discovery works at the edge of certainty  Natural Selection o A trait within a population with a variation of a genetic basis o Some of the traits help with better survival and reproduction, which would then predominate in the population o “Struggle for Existence”  More are born than can survive  Example: The giraffes long neck have easier access to food which betters the chance of survival o New species form over time o Homology: shared traits inherited from a common ancestor  “Evolution is just a theory” o Some theories are factual and supported by many tests  Definitions o Fact: proven observations by repetition o Law: generalizations about the natural world under specific circumstances o Hypothesis: testable statement to build explanations o Theory: well-substantiated explanation of the natural world  Key points o Evolution doesn’t support or refute the existence of a higher power o Theory of Evolutions mainly describes changes after life arose o All theories are subject to skepticism, testing and scorn o Experimental evidence differs from historical evidence


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