• Question: Was charlis darwin right about his theory?

    Asked by emmagrace to Dalya, Derek, Sarah, Tim, Tom on 20 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Dalya Soond

      Dalya Soond answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Much of it. We have examples in recent history where we can see evolution occuring during our lives. For instance, there were some rabbits that were brought onto an island sometime in the 1800’s. Since they were on an island, they could no longer mix with their friends on land. Within 100 years, these rabbits were no longer able to breed with the rabbits on the mainland, which is one of the hallmarks of a new species.

      I also recently read a really interesting article in National Geographic about an experiment they have been doing since the 1950’s in Russia trying to make wild wolves more like house dogs. They didn’t mention whether they could no longedr breed with wild wolves, but it only took 6 generations for these wolves to look and act more like dogs.

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      Tim Millar answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Generally yes. There are now a few examples where Darwin’s ideas don’t quite fit what we see, but overall, it is a good explanation of the world of nature we see around us.

    • Photo: Derek McKay-Bukowski

      Derek McKay-Bukowski answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Mostly, yes. The basic principle of evolution and “survival of the fittest” is a good theory and it is backed up by experimental evidence. It is a good explanation of the mechanism of how life continues and changes.

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      Tom Crick answered on 18 Jun 2011:

      The answer is generally yes. The body of scientific evidence (and a wide range of experiments) supports the theory of evolution and natural selection.

      Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, which is an incredible piece of work considering the scientific and political environment of that era.

    • Photo: Sarah Thomas

      Sarah Thomas answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      I think that darwin was right about the way that new species evolved through adapting to their environments 🙂