Evolution Flashcards

Tags: Evolution, Genetics, Geology, Science

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About Evolution on Brainscape

What is Evolution?

Evolution is the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms during the history of the earth.

Evolution and evolutionary biology are largely attributed to Charles Darwin. His book, The Origin of the Species, was written in 1859 and refers to his observation of natural selection in finch populations on the Galapagos islands.

Evolution is often studied with genetics. To describe their relationship, the terms macroevolution and microevolution are commonly used. MIcroevolution is smaller scale evolution within a population, whilst macro evolution transcends the boundaries of a single species.

Regardless of the notion that evolution is merely a theory or an idea - it is a theory in the same sense that gravity is a theory. A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of facts. Indeed, the explanation of facts in the study of evolution is overwhelming -- to include observable current processes as well as transitional fossil records.

Evolution and Religion

Regardless of the fact that evolution as a scientific theory should stand or fall on its merits alone by those capable of understanding it, sadly this is not the case. No sooner had Darwin penned his works than the Church Of England began rebuking and denying what are, of course, scientific findings -- with no opposing scientific findings of their own.

Atheists and agnostics almost universally accept evolution, as do the majority of Buddhists, Jews, and Hindus. When it comes to Christians, however, only one half of those in the US identifying themselves as christians also claim to accept evolution. This is in stark contrast to 98% of scientists connected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Careers in Evolution

The study of evolution is usually a specialized portion of a more general science-based degree or major. Graduates passionate about this subject often consider the following roles:

Evolutionary Biologist


Urban Ecologist

Population Biologist

Research Biologist

Conservation Scientist  

Environmental Planner

Those with expertise of subjects including evolution can pursue careers in numerous sectors including education, government, conservation, natural resource management, biotechnology, zoos, natural history museums, and environmental consulting.

One job opportunity driven directly from an evolution-including science degree is to actually become an evolutionary biologist just like Darwin himself -- or today’s most famous evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins.

Here’s the rundown on evolution from the Crash course team if you just have a few minutes.

If you have a little more time then you can learn about a career in evolution by checking out this article in Science Mag. You may also learn more at the Society for the Study of Evolution or even take a fascinating trip to the Dawkins Foundation.  And, the aforementioned Richard Dawkins has near hero-like status in some groups, so don’t miss out on his discussions of evolution debates such as this one on Youtube.

Learning Evolution

You might study evolution as part of another degree in conjunction with Human Behavior or Ecology. Other subjects linked to Evolution include: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Genetics, Zoology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Neuroscience.

Evolution students will need to memorize a vast amount of terminology as well as to understand very complex concepts.

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Evolution in Brainscape

There are innumerable search results in Brainscape related to evolution, including Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Genetics and Human Evolution. They contain thousands of free flashcards prepared by top students and even experts. You’ll find everything from Phylogeny to Speciation!

If you're studying evolution in high school in preparation for the high stakes AP Biology exam, Brainscape has prepared premium content in partnership with Next Step Test preparation so that you’ll ace your AP Biology exam.

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Happy learning from the Brainscape team and all the best in your Evolution studies and career.