Darwin's Theory Of Natural Selection And Survival Of The Fittest
Organisms need to be able to adapt to their environment in order to survive and reproduce. Any advantageous traits that occur within a population increase an individual’s chance of survival, thus resulting in the organism producing more offspring than those who have not inherited this particular trait. Examples of these traits may include a change in colour or smell, or a resistance to a particular disease.
Comparatively, a disadvantageous trait will result in a lower chance for survival and reproduction. Those organisms …show more content…
The theory of “survival of the fittest” was even used to justify the mistreatment of inferior classes. During the Second World War, Adolf Hitler and his supporters distorted this theory and used it to fuel their anti-Semitic ideology. The Nazis exploited Darwinism to support their own agenda and the idea acted as an inspiration for the eradication of the Jewish population in the hopes of creating a superior Aryan race.
Darwin’s theory of natural selection and survival of the fittest, though controversial at the time, had a major influence on the scientific world and remains the most widely accepted theory of evolution. Unfortunately, however, some people extended Darwinism past the realms of science and used it as an excuse to justify racism and social prejudice.
• Explanation of how one advance in technology has changed scientific thinking about evolutionary relationships
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Amino acid sequencing.
Amino acid sequencing is the process by which amino acid sequences in homologous proteins of similar organisms are analysed to determine how closely they are related. DNA is especially important in the study of evolution as the more similarities observed in these sequences, the closer the relationship between two organisms and the more likely that they share a common ancestor.
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