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What Evolution is NOT Evolution is NOT a fact.. • It is a theory: a highly probable explanation affecting all biological phenomena, with much supporting evidence, and NO evidence against it. It is NOT concerned with the origin of life… • Only the origin of species. It is NOT just concerned with the origin of humans…. • No more or less than any other species. It was NOT first explained by Charles Darwin… • Many other people proposed the general idea long before Darwin did. It is NOT the same as natural selection… • Natural selection deals with how evolution can take place; this idea was first proposed by Charles Darwin. It is NOT something which happened only in the past… • It is still going on today… It is NOT something which happens to individuals… • Evolution happens to populations. It is NOT an accidental or random process… • There are built in limits and constraints; it is influenced by both historical circumstances and environmental factors. If this is what evolution is NOT….then what is evolution? Evolution is… • Gradual change in a species through adaptations over time. Hypothesis v. Theory • H - Explanation for a question or a problem that can be formally tested. • T – explanation of natural phenomenon supported by a large body of scientific evidence obtained from many different investigations and observations.