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The Theory of Evolution by Mind Map: The Theory of Evolution
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The Theory of Evolution

Just a Theory?

"Theory" as used in everyday language

"Theory" as used in science

Charles Darwin

English naturalist and geologist

1809 - 1882

The Origin of Species

Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

Natural Selection

Variation exists among individuals in a species.

Individuals of species will compete for resources (food and space)

Some competition would lead to the death of some individuals while others would survive

Individuals that had advantageous variations are more likely to survive and reproduce.

The Survival of the Fittest

The phrase was first used by Herbert Spencer after reading Darwin's "On the Origin of Species"

Darwin then used the phrase himself in a later edition of his book, alongside the term "natural selection"

What he meant by it was "better designed for an immediate, local environment"

Evidence for Evolution

Fossil Evidence

Evidence from Living Organism