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Darwin's Theory

The paper should summarize what you have learned regarding what Charles Darwin knew or inferred and what he never knew (because much has been discovered since Darwin’s time) about evolution. Papers should include TWO parts.

Part I - What Darwin Knew or Inferred about Evolution. Provide a brief summary of the different lines of evidence used by Darwin to support the theories presented in “On the Origin of Species…”; in other words, summarize what Darwin knew and/ or inferred from his research, travel experiences, and communications with other scientists. This is covered pretty well in the first 30 minutes of the video “What Darwin Never Knew” as well as in the Doc Talk Zoom lectures Charles Darwin: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.

Part II - What Darwin Never Knew about Evolution. Summarize some of the exciting new insights into evolutionary processes (how evolution actually works) made possible by the revolutionary new fields of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) and comparative genomics. Some of these new possibilities are outlined in the video “What Darwin Never Knew” starting around the 30:00 mark, in “Your Inner Fish”, as well as in "A 140/141L Doc Talk #3 - Explaining the Great Transformations" . Implications for some of the new perspectives on human evolution made possible by these new discoveries are also included in the last part of the "What Darwin Never Knew" video. Pay particular attention to discussions relating to the genes coordinating the growth and development of the human hand, human jaw muscles, the human braincase, and the dramatic enlargement of the human brain.

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