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English naturalist
Father of Evolution
 (Theory of evolution by natural
 (“Theory” doesn’t mean “guess”)
▪ Theories have MOUNTAINS of evidence to
support them
 Wrote “Origin of Species”
Most influential stop:
 Galapagos islands to observe the finches
Descent, with
Very gradual change over
By using or not using certain organs,
organisms lost or gained certain traits over
time. Then they could pass the traits on to
their offspring
Example: if a bird tries to use its legs to fly,
the birds legs would eventually transform
into wings.
It’s not “just a theory”
Evolution does not say how life was created!!!
Your grandparents are not monkeys
 (or descended from monkeys)
Evolution is not directly in conflict with religion
 Francis Collins
 Pope John Paul II & Benedict XVI