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Obser­va­tions and opin­ions con­cern­ing zoos, evo­lu­tion, nature con­ser­va­tion and the way we treat/​support the ecosys­tems which are sup­posed to serve us.


Yes, sci­ence does sup­port the the­ory of evo­lu­tion by nat­ural selection!

pub­lished 03 April 2015 | mod­i­fied 18 Decem­ber 2016

This week I found this mar­vel­lous info­graphic on the great web of infor­ma­tion called The Inter­net. The info­graphic lists the top five mis­con­cep­tions about evo­lu­tion, and explains (with dia­grams!) why they’re wrong. It deliv­ers a nice pack­age of knowl­edge you can use to pro­vide those who mis­un­der­stand evo­lu­tion with the cur­rent state of sci­en­tific knowl­edge about evo­lu­tion. Or as Caleb Tru­jillo, who com­piled the list and designed the info­graphic — ver­sion 1.0, puts it: “Here is an info­graphic to help inform cit­i­zens. From my expe­ri­ence most peo­ple who mis­un­der­stand evo­lu­tion are actu­ally mis­in­formed about what sci­ence is and how it operates.”

Tru­jillo encour­ages to reblog his evo­lu­tion post, which is appre­ci­ated and must not be ignored of course biggrin .

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You can find a zoomable ver­sion here.

To eas­ily acquire more knowl­edge about evo­lu­tion, which can be used to enlighten mis­guided friends about the avail­able evi­dence for the evo­lu­tion of man, I would rec­om­mend a sub­scrip­tion to the YouTube series ‘How Did We Get Here?’ made by evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gist Dar­ren Curnoe from the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales, Aus­tralia. Besides con­cise and pre­cise it is funny as well.

And if you really are ded­i­cated to enhance your knowl­edge because you want to use sci­en­tific facts in dis­cus­sions with igno­rant cre­ation­ists when try­ing to con­vince them that the exis­tence of a Cre­ator might not be true after all, this book is a must-​read — ‘Why Evo­lu­tion Is True’ by Jerry A. Coyne.

Spread the word!

Many cred­its to Caleb Tru­jillo, Dar­ren Curnoe, Jerry Coyne and all oth­ers ded­i­cated to build on the work of Charles Dar­win and Alfred Rus­sel Wal­lace, the two British explorer-​naturalists and con­tem­po­raries who inde­pen­dent of each other devel­oped a the­ory — evo­lu­tion — that explained nature as they had seen in South Amer­ica and Indone­sia respectively.

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