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23 Cards in this Set

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The hypothesis that early cells reproduced using RNA before there was DNA is known as ________.
RNA-first Hypothesis
________ describes the condition of primordial Earth where warm water contained the organic compounds necessary for the substances of life to be formed.
prebiotic soup
________ is a device used to illustrate the principle of irreducible complexity.
a mousetrap
________ is the belief that the universe came into being out of nothing.
spontaneous existance
Charles Darwin wrote ______ presenting his theory of evolution by natural selection.
_The Origin of Species_
proponent of the principle of irreducible complexity.
Michael Behe
Small gradual changes within a species that help it to survive.
natural selection
an element necessary to the formation of amino acids but not present in sufficient quantity in sediments from the prebiotic soup
an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of primordial Earth to show the possible rise of necessary organic compounds for life
The Miller Experiment
the observation that the universe has all the necessary and narrowly defined chatacteristics to make human life possible
anthropic principle
a system having a number of different parts all working together to accomplish a task does not work at all if any one of the parts is removed
irreducible complexity
describe how an angent or an agent's will caused something.
personal explanations
drawings attempting to show the similarity of development in various vertebrate embryos
Haeckel's embryos
a logical explanation for the coming into existance of the universe
kalam argument
the theory that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not a random and undirected process
intelligent design
author of The Origin of Species and formulater of the theory of evolution by means of natural selection
Charles Darwin
a pictoral representation of the development of living organisms from common ancestors
Darwin's Tree of Life
a supposed "missing link" between reptiles and birds
describe how preexisting conditions and natural laws caused something
scientific explanation
an attempt to show that evolutionary processes can occur to replace one portion of a biological system
Hall's experiment
Hypothetical fossil of transitional life form between species
missing link
the theory that all living things arose from earlier life froms through a process of genetic mutation and natural selection over extremely long periods of time.
the chemical compound from which the genetic material is made