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Re: Could someone please explain the theory of evolution to me in 7 year-old terms?

Date: Sat Jan 30 07:40:45 1999
Posted By: Dr. David Smerken, retired Ph.D., BIOANTHROPOLOGY, DNA.
Area of science: Evolution
ID: 917573334.Ev


In simplest terms 'evolution' means 'change.'  The most famous theory of 
evolution is that of Charles Darwin.  This theory is called The Theory of 
Evolution by Means of Natural Selection.  This theory in the simplest terms 
holds that those living things with 'better' traits will tend to survive 
more often and therefore pass their 'better' traits on to their offspring 
more often than those with 'worse' traits.  In short, this means that over 
time, this can lead to enough changes to produce new kinds of living 
things.  Evolution can be much more complicated and this is really an 
oversimplification.  If you want to explore this further I suggest you 
search on your computer for 'Charles Darwin,' 'Evolution,' and 'Natural 
Selection.'  There is a lot of material on this subject.  Good luck in your 

Dr. David S. Smerken

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