Who is Charles Darwin?
What was the premise of The Origin of Species?
Theory of evolution through natural selection:
1. Organisms are the product of common descent.
2. New species are generated by gradual change.
3. Natural selection: change is brought about by differences in reproductive success of individuals.
What is the significance of a shared common descent?
Explains why organisms have some features in common.
More recently diverged, more similarity.
Longer been separated, more dissimilarity.
What is taxonomy?
The branch of biology concerned with the naming and classification of life.
What is a species?
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