MadSci Network: Evolution

Subject: How did reproduction evolve?

Date: Wed Jun 18 18:52:16 1997
Posted by Dev Thakur
Grade level: 10-12
School: Hatboro Horsham High School
City: Horsham State/Province: PA
Country: USA
Area of science: Evolution
ID: 866677936.Ev
How could the first organisms reproduce?  I understand that the evolutionary 
process relies on the transferring of genetic material from parent to offspring. 
I accept the theory of evolution as the most plausible explanation for the 
origin of life on earth and human life, but one point I don't understand:

How could the first organisms have "evolved" the ability to reproduce (even a 
basic common procedure such as binary fission is fairly complicated, isn't it)?

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