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Click the image above to view an animation of Darwin's journey on the Beagle.
Mrs. Melinson defines....
"Microevolution is what we witness in changes within species and populations. Macroevolution is grand scale evolution where species arise from other species and have common descent, which is something we can't witness but that scientists believe fossil evidence provides clues to."
Darwin was not the first or only scientist to theorize about evolution.
History of Evolutionary Thought
This website divides evolutionary thought by centuries. In the 1800's, Darwin read Lamarck's study of fossils.
Lyell disagreed with Lamarck.
Malthus's observations on human population growth may have influenced Darwin's theory of natural selection.
Alfred Russel Wallace
Wallace's theory was very similar to Darwin's but Darwin published his theory first.
Peter and Rosemary Grant
These two Princeton professors tested natural selection by observing finches in the Galapagos Islands for thirty years.
Darwin was not able to figure out how heredity worked or where variations in species came from. Mendels' experiments helped to solve the puzzle.
Read the directions before starting. Lab includes natural selection simulation.
Click the title page above to read Darwin's book. Includes links to his other publications.
In the News
New York Times
This is a collection of various articles in the Times that focus on the debate between Creationism and Evolution.
This is a collection of articles examining the life of Charles Darwin and his theory.
Evolution and Relgious Faith
Examines evolution in connection with various religious beliefs.
Darwin's Missing Notebook
One of Darwin's Galapagos notebooks disappeared from Down House sometime in the 1980's. This important artifact is still missing.
Introduction to Evolution
Five Fingers of Evolution
Evolution - Natural Selection
Natural Selection - Examples