Micro Life Zone
Asked by brodabee23 to Brad, Chris, Goli, Herbert, Kate on 14 May 2012. This question was also asked by mollie.
Keywords: create, creation, evolution
There is plenty of evidence for evolution. We can trace the history of not only our species, the Earth, and the whole Universe up until the Big Bang. However, before the Big Bang, we do not know. We don’t know what caused the Big Bang nor what else there is, so there is no reason to disprove that creation from some source didn’t happen.
I have to believe that we have evolved to who we are now, as we still see evolution happening. As Brad mentioned there is plenty of evidence that evolution has happened throughout history, as living beings and as a planet.
Virtually all scientists, especially biologists, accept that evolution has occurred and is still occurring. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence to support this, including not just fossils but also the understanding that we have of the similarities and differences between the DNA of different species (living and extinct). For example, Neanderthal DNA has recently been reported and given us a new understanding of how humans evolved. However, with all of that said, there are plenty of scientists who also believe in some form of creation event. The two possibilities are not mutually exclusive, as Brad said, and many people happily believe in both creationism and evolution.
I would say each one of us were ‘created’ when fertilisation happened during reproduction, but as a species (Homo sapiens), I believe that we have evolved. Like many scientists have said, there are signs of evolution elsewhere – one big problem in health care is the antibiotic resistant bacteria, which acts like regular ones but does not die when they are treated with antibiotics. It is why doctors tell people to finish their medication to prevent resistance.
There is a lot of evidence that life has been around for a long time and has changed over time. Fossils are evidence of past life and illustrate changes in plants and animals over time. many fossils show intermediate states between ancestors and descendents. A common example of this is the way horses evolved http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse
We are now starting to understand genetics and there are many genetic similarities between species which indicate relationships between animals.
I don’t think that life is static – we evolved and we are still evolving. The earth has changed over time and living organisms need to change as well to cope with different conditions.
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