History of Evolutionary Thought

Just as life has a history, science has a history. Understanding the history of evolutionary thinking illuminates the nature of science.

Science builds on good ideas. Modern scientific concepts are built upon the most useful ideas that previous generations had to offer.

In this section, explore four disciplinary areas that have contributed to our current understanding of evolution: Earth’s history, life’s history, mechanisms of evolution, and genetics.

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