Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist best known for his contributions
to the science of evolution. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that
populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural
This publication provides information and resources that teachers and
administrators can use to inform themselves, their students, parents, and others
about evolution and the role of science in human affairs.
This note covers the following
topics: What is Evolution, Common Misconceptions about Evolution, Genetic
Variation, Evolution within a Lineage, Mechanisms that Decrease Genetic
Variation, Mechanisms that Increase Genetic Variation, The Development of
Evolutionary Theory, Evolution Among Lineages, Scientific Standing of Evolution
and its Critics, Importance of Evolution in Biology.
This booklet explores the nature
of science, reviews the evidence for the origin of the universe and earth, and
explains the current scientific understanding of biological evolution. This
edition includes new insights from astronomy and molecular biology.