Learning Objectives

  1. List the five major scientific disciplines from which Darwin drew to create his theory of evolution and explain the principles in each that contributed to Darwin’s ideas.

  2. Discuss the concept of Linnaean taxonomy and humans’ place in it.

  3. Explain the ideas of Lamarck and Malthus as they relate to Darwin’s concept of evolution.

  4. Explain Darwin’s main contribution(s) to the theory of evolution.

  5. Define the concept of Mendelian inheritance and explain its role in the evolutionary synthesis.

  6. Define each of the four forces of evolution and provide examples for them.

  7. Explain how the discovery of DNA revolutionized the understanding of evolution.