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In this section, you will see how study in four disciplinary areas — Earth's history, life's history, mechanisms of evolution, and development and genetics — has contributed to our current understanding of evolution.
UC Museum of Paleontology
This series of essays would make a good resource for student research projects on the history of evolutionary thought. Though clear, the writing level is somewhat advanced.
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- Science focuses on natural phenomena and processes.
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.
- The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.
- Accepted scientific theories are not tenuous; they must survive rigorous testing and be supported by multiple lines of evidence to be accepted.
- Science is a human endeavor.
- Our understanding of life through time is based upon multiple lines of evidence.