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  • Writer's pictureGrace Dabir

Evolution Theory

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

The Evolution Theory

As this is my first post, I think it's only fitting to talk about evolution, as its how we became humans. While most usually think of the transformation from "monkey to man," there's so much more to the story of evolution itself. Think of evolution as a software update for living organisms, but on a much larger scale, and longer time frame. Updating to iOS 15 from 13? Congrats, you've moved on from neanderthal to modern day homo sapien. Pioneered by a scientist named Charles Darwin, he was a major contributor to the theory of evolution with his addition, and discovery of natural selection. Recently, Darwin's findings have been subject to controversy, as his findings have been taken out of context in some cases to justify racism, and sexism. Although serious topics, in this specific post we will be focusing more on his scientific discoveries as his contributions to the scientific community, forever changed the way we thought about humans.

Humans, being homo sapiens, are upright walking, and a culture bearing species. Our human lineage traces back to australopithecus afarensis, homo habilis, homo erectus, homo neanderthalensis, and finally us, homo sapiens.

Mostly, scientists have been able to track this progress of evolution, and have gotten proof through fossil specimens. Using contextual evidence, and surveying the time period and types of fossils found, scientists and anthropologists alike can typically group where, and which "family" a specific fossil belongs to. This is the method that Darwin used, that we still use today.

The theory itself still continues to evolve (haha get it?) the more time goes on. Scientists continue to find more information everyday feeding into a new understanding of human life.

Sources: Ayala, Francisco Jose. "evolution". Encyclopedia Britannica, 27 May. 2021, Accessed 27 February 2022.

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