Evolution Essay, Research Paper
Like the biblical hero Adam, a single cell let part of it’s body become another being, now one of a pair. Like the heroin Eve this duplicate created more of it’s species. These multiplying cells joined together into a legacy long in running. The history of our evolution is dark, we fumble for answers yet still need more light to unlock the mysteries beneath. One must remember that when speaking of the theory of evolution one is not only referring to humans but to other species of the kingdom Animalia as well.
Some of the most prominant evolutionary theories of all time can be found in Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’. His conclusions linked homo sapiens skeletal systems to an ungodly creature, Primates such as apes, gorillas, and monkeys were found to be closely linked to the evolved human of the time. Within 500,000 years time, he claimed, that we had evolved from Australopithicus Ramidus to the present Homo Sapiens that we are catoragized as. He sums the entire evolutionary theory up by stating in his book, “We must….acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, sympathy, benevolence, and god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system itself-with all these exalted powers-Man still bears in his bodily frame the incredible stamp of his lowly origin.”
This statement may be backed by any number of appeals, yet one must ring forth as the answer. Survival of the Fittest, the natural idea that any single being in a species will survive if it is the best at hunting, existing, and passing down it’s gene pool. These “super” animals, inside a single species, may have developed some sort of genetic mutation allowing for easier grip on prey, faster movement, quicker reflexes, or just plainly made them more attractive to the opposite sex in their species. In any case, this mutation, this freak of nature, has caused the animals to live, and breed, and pass down it’s mutation to it’s offspring.
When a primitive Homo Habillis gave birth to young that could eventually stand taller and straighter than it’s ancestors was anything marvelous thought of it? When this taller primate gave birth to increasingly upright offspring, again, was anything marvelous thought of that? Yet finally when an adult Homo Habillis stood vertically enough to reach fruit on the trees, to use more force than it’s counterparts, and stand erect there was a breakthrough. This new hominid species, Homo Erectus, took nearly 50,000 years to develop, yet with time and the survival of the fittest, the one who could run faster, hunt longer, and go farther, the one who could survive above all others conquered and created a new species all his own.
This species evolved, it progressed to a better state by a abnormality in it’s gene sequence. Man does not produce variability in which he creates new bodily devices to survive. It is accidental, it is a mutation of scientific mishap that lets the giraffe evolve from the horse, the whale evolve from a wolf, and the human evolve from the primal ape. Natural selection has formed not only our anatomy, but our facial characteristics as man and woman. Natural selection is like a force, letting stronger and more intelligent animals survive.
400 million years ago a prehistoric reptile in Africa developed turbinates, these are fleshy membranes which allow for an animal to retain moisture in their breath while exhaling, any animal wishing to keep a constant temperture to there body must have turbinates to reserve heat. These organs are found in the nose of every warm-blooded animal ever in the history of the fossil record, this lizard began a long journey, and through the next 10 million years this lizard evolved into the first mammal. By 300 million years ago this lizard had changed and morphed in many different ways, this lowly reptile had grown hair, he had a forhead, and larger brain than any other animal ever known to the planet, this lizard had 4 appendages, 2 of which were used for grappling and climbing, this lizard had progressed into the primate, spreading all over the african and asain continents. This lizard is our beginning, he is our ancestor, we owe life to this reptile in every imaginable way.