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The Evidence for Evolution

The evidence for the fact of evolution comes from many disciplines ranging from comparative anatomy to the biogeographical distribution of species. Over the years that I have been writing on the evolution-creation issue, I have written many articles outlining the evidence. Short of writing a (much needed) book for Christadelphians on the subject, collating these articles into an easy to navigate FAQ list will provide the interested reader with material which both outlines this evidence, and shows where and why the usual special creationist attacks on evolution fall apart.

Genetics and Comparative Genomics
Palaeontology and the Fossil Record

Outside Articles on Evolution

If you want to follow the evolution-creation debate, then it helps to understand the science behind it. BioLogos Fellow Dennis Venema, an evangelical Christian who is associate professor of biology at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His multi-part series is designed to provide the non-specialist with a good understanding of the science of evolution:



Evolution Basics: A New Introductory Course on Evolutionary Biology
Evolution Basics: Evolution as a Scientific Theory
Evolution Basics: Darwin’s Early Observations on Biogeography
Evolution Basics: An Introduction to Variation, Artificial Selection and Natural Selection
Evolution Basics: Artificial Selection and the Origins of the Domestic Dog
Evolution Basics: New Genes, A New Diet, and Implications for Dog Origins
Evolution Basics: Natural Selection and the Human Lineage, Part 1
Evolution Basics: Natural Selection and the Human Lineage, Part 2
Evolution Basics: The Basis of Heritable Variation, Part 1
Evolution Basics: The Basis of Heritable Variation, Part 2
Evolution Basics: From Variation to Speciation, Part 1
Evolution Basics: From Variation to Speciation, Part 2
Evolution Basics: From Variation to Speciation, Part 3
Evolution Basics: From Variation to Speciation, Part 4
Evolution Basics: Genomes as Ancient Texts, Part 1
Evolution Basics: Genomes as Ancient Texts, Part 2
Evolution Basics: Genomes as Ancient Texts, Part 3
Evolution Basics: Genomes as Ancient Texts, Part 4
Evolution Basics: Genomes as Ancient Texts, Part 5
Evolution Basics: Species Trees, Gene Trees and Incomplete Lineage Sorting
Evolution Basics: Incomplete Lineage Sorting and Ancestral Population Sizes
Evolution Basics: An Introduction to Homoplasy and Convergent Evolution
Evolution Basics: Convergent Evolution and Deep Homology
Evolution Basics: Coevolution and Predator / Prey “Arms Races”
Evolution Basics: Parasitism, Mutualism and Cospeciation
Evolution Basics: Endosymbiosis and the Origins of Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
Evolution Basics: The Cambrian Diversification and Assembling Animal Body Plans, Part 1
Evolution Basics: The Cambrian Diversification and Assembling Animal Body Plans, Part 2
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 1
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 2
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 3
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 4
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 5
Evolution Basics: The Placental Revolution, Part 1
Evolution Basics: The Placental Revolution, Part 2
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 1
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 2
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 3
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 4
Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 1: Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosome Adam
Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 2: Language Evolution and Lines on a Gradient
Evolution basics: Becoming human, Part 3: Paleogenomics and the tangled web of human speciation
Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 1: Frontier Science, Abiogenesis and Christian Apologetics




Given the complete ignorance of the considerable fossil evidence for human evolution, a summary of this evidence is critical, if only to stop believers making fools of themselves when they talk about 'Nebraska Man' and 'Piltdown Man' as if the average palaeoanthropologist will slink away in embarrassment. Hardly. Evangelical Christian and physical anthropologist James Kidder provides an excellent summary of the evidence at BioLogos.



The Human Fossil Record, Part 1. The Nature of Transitional Fossils
The Human Fossil Record, Part 2: Bipedality
The Human Fossil Record, Part 3: The Discovery of Australopithecus
The Human Fossil Record, Part 4: Australopithecus Conquers the Landscape
The Human Fossil Record, Part 5: The Dispersal of the Australopithecines, Part 1
The Human Fossil Record, Part 6: The Dispersal of the Australopithecines, Part 2
The Human Fossil Record, Part 7: The Rise of Early Homo
The Human Fossil Record, Part 8: Evolution in Early Homo
The Human Fossil Record, Part 9: Out of Africa (The First Time)
The Human Fossil Record, Part 10a: Homo erectus in Asia
The Human Fossil Record, Part 10b: Homo erectus in Asia
The Rise of Archaic Homo sapiens
Archaic Homo Sapiens in East Asia, Part 1
Archaic Homo Sapiens in East Asia, Part 2
The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 1
The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 2
The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 1