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Chapter 7
Evolution—The Theory and Its Supporting
-ideas change thru time: Lamarck to Darwin to Mendel…..
-voyage of HMS Beagle: Galapagos Islands…finches….
allopatric speciation- isolation of populations
-phyletic gradualism vs punctuated equilibrium
-Evolution- an explanation that ties disparate events together…
‘survival of the fittest’….bit of a misnomer…
-’Living fossils’ today: coelocanth and ginkgo
-Mass extinctions ….in geologic past
-Structure and function of limbs: homologous, analogous, and vestigial
-The Linnean biological classification: ….species…genus…
Evidence for
• Some of the evidence for
– is provided by fossils
– such as this Early
Pleistocene mammoth
– known as Archidiskodon
• on display in the Museum
of Geology and
Paleontology at the
University of Florence in
What do We Learn from Fossils?
• The fossil record consists
– of first appearances of various organisms
– through time
• One-celled organisms appeared
– before multi-celled ones
– plants appeared before animals
– invertebrates before vertebrates
• Fish appeared first followed
– in succession by amphibians,
– reptiles, mammals, and birds
Advent of Various Vertebrates
• Times
groups of
in the
• Thickness
of spindles
Fossils Are Common
• Fossils are much more common
– than many people realize
• However the origin and initial diversification
– of a group is generally the most poorly represented
• But fossils showing the diversification
– of horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs
– from a common ancestor are known
• as are ones showing the origin
– of birds from reptiles
• and the evolution
– of whales from a land-dwelling ancestor
Darwin and the Galápagos
• During Charles Darwin’s five-year voyage
(1831-1836) on the HMS Beagle,
he visited the Galápagos Islands
where he made important observations
that changed his ideas about
the then popular concept called the fixity of species
• an idea holding that all present-day species
• had been created in their present form
• and had changed little or not at all
• Darwin fully accepted
– the Biblical account of creation before the voyage
Route of HMS Beagle
• Map showing the route (red line) followed
– by Charles Darwin when he was aboard
– HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836
• The Galápagos Islands
– are in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador
The Galápagos Islands
• The Galápagos Islands
– are specks of land
– composed of basalt
– in the eastern Pacific
Darwin Developed the Theory
• During the voyage Darwin observed
that fossil mammals in South America
are similar, yet different from present-day
llamas, sloths, and armadillos
that the finches and giant tortoises living
on the Galápagos Islands vary from island to island
and still resemble ones from South America,
even though they differ in subtle ways
• These observations convinced Darwin
– that organisms descended with modification
– from ancestors that lived during the past
– the central claim of the theory of evolution
Why Study Evolution?
• Evolution
– involving inheritable changes in organisms through
• is fundamental to biology and paleontology
– Paleontology is the study of life history as revealed
by fossils
• Evolution is a unifying theory
• like plate tectonic theory
– that explains an otherwise
– encyclopedic collection of facts
• Evolution provides a framework
– for discussion of life history
– in later parts of the term
Misconceptions about Evolution
• Many people have a poor understanding
– of the theory of evolution
– and hold a number of misconceptions,
– which include:
• evolution proceeds strictly by chance
• nothing less than fully developed structures
– such as eyes are of any use
– there are no transitional fossils -so-called missing links
• connecting ancestors and descendants
• humans evolved from monkeys
– so monkeys should no longer exist
Evolution: Historical Background
• Evolution, the idea that today’s organisms
– have descended with modification
– from ancestors that lived during the past,
• is usually attributed solely to Charles Darwin,
– but it was seriously considered long before he was
– even by some ancient Greeks
– and by philosophers and theologians
• during the Middle Ages
• Nevertheless, the prevailing belief
– in the 1700s was that Genesis
– explained the origin of life
– and contrary views were heresy
Evolution: Historical Background
• During the 18th century,
– naturalists were discovering evidence
– that could not be reconciled
– with literal reading of Scripture
• In this changing intellectual atmosphere,
– scientists gradually accepted a number of ideas:
the principle of uniformitarianism,
Earth’s great age,
that many types of plants and animals had become extinct,
and that change from one species to another occurred
• What was lacking, though,
– was a theoretical framework to explain evolution
• Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck
(1744-1829) is best remembered for his theory
of inheritance of acquired characteristics,
even though he greatly contributed
to our understanding of the natural world
• According to this theory,
– new traits arise in organisms because of their needs
– and are somehow passed on to their descendants
• Lamarck’s theory seemed logical at the time
– and was widely accepted
Lamarck’s Theory
• Lamark’s theory was not totally refuted
– until decades later
– with the discovery that genes
• units of heredity
– cannot be altered by any effort by an organism
Lamarck’s Giraffes
• According to Lamarck’s theory of inheritance
of acquired characteristics
– ancestral
stretched their
to reach leaves
high on trees
their offspring
were born
with longer
• In 1859, Charles
Robert Darwin (18091882)
– published On the
Origin of Species
• In it he detailed
– his ideas on evolution
– formulated 20 years
– and proposed a
mechanism for
Natural Selection
• Plant and animal breeders
practice artificial selection
by selecting those traits they deem desirable
and then breed plants and animals with those traits
thereby bringing about a great amount of change
• Observing artificial selection
– gave Darwin the idea that
– a process of selection among variant types
– in nature could also bring about change
• Thomas Malthus’s essay on population
– suggested that competition for resources
– and high infant mortality limited population size
Darwin and Wallace
• Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913)
– read Malthus’s book
– and came to the same conclusion,
• that a natural process
– was selecting only a few individuals for survival
• Darwin’s and Wallace’s idea
– called natural selection
– was presented simultaneously in 1859
Natural Selection—Main Points
• Organisms in all populations
– possess heritable variations such as
– size, speed, agility, visual acuity,
– digestive enzymes, color, and so forth
• Some variations are more favorable than others
– some have a competitive edge
– in acquiring resources and/or avoiding predators
• Not all young survive to reproductive maturity
– Those with favorable variations
– are more likely to survive
– and pass on their favorable variations
Naturally Selected Giraffes
• According to the Darwin-Wallace theory
– of natural selection, giraffe’s long neck evolved
– because
with longer
– had an
– and
more often
“Survival of the Fittest”
• In colloquial usage,
– natural selection is sometimes expressed as
– “survival of the fittest”
• This is misleading because
– natural selection is not simply a matter of survival
– but involves differential rates
– of survival and reproduction
Not only Biggest,
Strongest, Fastest
• One misconception about natural selection
is that among animals
only the biggest, strongest, and fastest
are likely to survive
These characteristics might provide an advantage
• but natural selection may favor
the smallest if resources are limited
the most easily concealed
those that adapt most readily to a new food source
those having the ability to detoxify some substance
and so on...
Limits of Natural Selection
• Natural selection works
– on existing variation in a population
• It could not account for the origin of variations
• Critics reasoned that should a variant trait arise,
– it would blend with other traits and would be lost
• The answer to these criticisms
– existed even then in the work of Gregor Mendel,
– but remained obscure until 1900
• If a species is well adapted to its environment,
– most mutations would not be particularly useful
– and perhaps would be harmful
• But what was a harmful mutation
– can become a useful one
– if the environment changes
• Information in cells is carried on chromosomes
– which direct the formation of proteins
– by selecting the appropriate amino acids
– and arranging them into a specific sequence
• Neutral mutations may occur
– if the information carried on the chromosome
– does not change the amino acid or protein
– that is produced
What Causes Mutations?
• Some mutations are induced by mutagens
– agents that bring about higher mutations rates such
some chemicals
ultraviolet radiation
extreme temperature changes
• Some mutations are spontaneous
– occurring without any known mutagen
• Species is a biological term for a population
– of similar individuals that in nature interbreed
– and produce fertile offspring
• Species are reproductively isolated
– from one another
• Goats and sheep do not interbreed in nature,
– so they are separate species
• Yet in captivity
– they can produce fertile offspring
• Speciation is the phenomenon of a new species
– arising from an ancestral species
• It involves change in the genetic makeup
– of a population,
– which also may bring about changes
– in form and structure
• During allopatric speciation,
– species arise when a small part of a population
– becomes isolated from its parent population
Allopatric Speciation
• Reduction of the area occupied by a species
– may leave a small isolated population
– Two peripheral isolates evolved into new species
– Isolation might result from a marine transgression.
Allopatric Speciation
• Geographic barriers may form across parts
– of a central population’s range,
– thereby isolating small populations that speciate
Finch Speciation
• Darwin’s finches from
the Galápagos Islands
– underwent allopatric
– due to isolation of
birds among the many
Insect eaters
Mendel and the Birth of Genetics
• During the 1860s, Gregor Mendel,
• an Austrian monk,
performed a series of controlled experiments
with true-breeding strains of garden peas
strains that when self-fertilized
always display the same trait, such as flower color
• Traits are controlled by a pair of factors,
– now called genes
• Genes occur in alternate forms, called alleles
– One allele may be dominant over another
– Offspring receive one allele
– of each pair from each parent
Mendel’s Experiments
• The parental generation consisted of
– true-breeding strains, RR = red flowers, rr = white flowers
• Cross-fertilization yielded a second generation
– all with the Rr combination of alleles,
• in which the R (red) is dominant over r (white)
Mendel’s Experiments
• The second generation, when self-fertilized
– produced a third generation
– with a ratio of three red-flowered plants
– to one white-flowered plant
Importance of Mendel’s Work
• The factors (genes) controlling traits
– do not blend during inheritance
• Traits not expressed in each generation
– may not be lost
• Therefore, some variation in populations
– results from alternate expressions of genes (alleles)
• Variation can be maintained
Genes and Chromosomes
• Complex, double-stranded
helical molecules
– of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
• called chromosomes
– are found in cells of all organisms
• except bacteria,
• which have ribonucleic acid (RNA)
• Specific segments of DNA
– are the basic units of heredity
• The number of chromosomes
– varies from one species to another
– fruit flies 8; humans 46; horses 64
Sexually Reproducing Organisms
• In sexually reproducing organisms,
– the production of sex cells
• pollen and ovules in plants
• sperm and eggs in animals
– results when cells undergo a type of cell division
– known as meiosis
• This process yields cells
with only one chromosome of each pair
so all sex cells have
only 1/2 the chromosome number
of the parent cell
• During meiosis,
– sex cells form that
contain one member
– of each chromosome
• Formation of sperm
is shown here
• Eggs form the same
– but only one of the
four final eggs
– is functional
• The full number of chromosomes
– is restored when a sperm fertilizes an egg
– or when pollen fertilizes an
• The egg (or ovule) then
– has a full set of
– typical for that species
• As Mendel deduced,
– 1/2 the genetic makeup
– of fertilized egg
– comes from each parent
• The fertilized egg
– grows by mitosis
• Mitosis is cell division
– that results in
– the complete duplication of a
• In this example,
– a cell with four
chromosomes (two pairs)
– produce two cells
– each with four chromosomes
• Mitosis takes place
– in all cells except sex cells
What Brings about Variation?
• Evolution by natural selection
works on variation in populations
most of which is accounted for by the reshuffling
of alleles from generation to generation
during sexual reproduction
• The potential for variation is enormous
with thousands of genes
each with several alleles,
and with offspring receiving 1/2 of their genes
from each parent
• New variations arise by mutations
– change in the chromosomes or genes
• Mutations result in a change
– in hereditary information
• Mutations that take place in sex cells
– are inheritable,
– whether they are chromosomal mutations
• affecting a large segment of a chromosome
– or point mutations
• individual changes in particular genes
• Mutations are random with respect to fitness
– they may be beneficial, neutral, or harmful
Rate of Speciation
• Although widespread agreement exists
on allopatric speciation
scientists disagree on how rapidly
a new species might evolve
Phyletic gradualism
• the gradual
accumulation of minor
• eventually brings about
the origin of new
• This view was held by
Darwin and reaffirmed
by modern synthesis
Rate of Speciation
• Punctuated equilibrium
– holds that little or
no change
– takes place in a
– during most of its
– then evolution
occurs rapidly
– giving rise to a new
– in perhaps as little as
a few thousand years
Styles of Evolution
• Divergent evolution occurs
– when an ancestral species
– giving rise to diverse descendants
– adapts to various aspects of the environment
• Divergent evolution leads to descendants
– that differ markedly from their ancestors
• Convergent evolution involves the development
– of similar characteristics
– in distantly related organisms
• Parallel evolution involves the development
– of similar characteristics
– in closely related organisms
Divergent Evolution
• Divergent evolution of a variety
– of placental mammals from a common ancestor
• Divergence accounts for descendants
– that differ from their ancestors and from one another
Convergent Evolution
• Convergent evolution takes place
– when distantly related organisms give rise to
– that resemble
one another
– because they
– in comparable
Parallel Evolution
• Parallel evolution
– involves the independent
– of similar feature in related
• A cladogram showing inferred relationships
• Some of the characteristics used
– to construct this cladogram are indicated
• Phylogeny is the evolutionary history
– of a group of organisms
• If sufficient fossil material is available,
– paleontologists determine the phylogeny
– and evolutionary trends for groups of organisms
• For example, one trend in ammonoids
• extinct relatives of squid and octopus
– was the evolution
– of an increasingly complex shell
Evolutionary Trends
• Abundant fossils show the evolutionary trends of
– the Eocene mammals family Brontotheridea,
• better known as titanotheres
• These extinct relative of
horses and rhinoceroses
– evolved from small ancestors
– to giants standing 2.4 m at
the shoulder
– developed large horns
– and the shape of their skull
– Only 4 of the 16 known
genera are show
Evolutionary Trends
• Size increase is
– one of the most common evolutionary trends
• However, trends are complex
– they might reverse
– more than one can take place
– at the same time at different rates
• Trends in horses included
– generally larger size
• but size decreased in some now-extinct horses
– changes in teeth and skull
– lengthening legs
– reduction in number of toes
• These trends occurred at different rates
“Living Fossils”
• Several organisms have shown
– little or no change for long periods
• If these still exist as living organisms today
– they are sometimes called living fossils
• For example:
– horseshoe crabs
• closest living relative of a trilobite
– coelacanth (fish)
– gingkoes (tree)
• The absence of change for these organisms
– is not yet fully understood
A Living Fossil
• Latimeria
– belongs to a group of fish
– once thought to have gone extinct
– at the end of the Mesozoic Era
A specimen was caught
off the coast of East Africa in 1938
A Second Living Fossil
• Ginkgos
– have changed very
– for millions of
• They were found
– living in some
isolated habitats in
– and have been
• Perhaps as many as 99% of all species
– that ever existed are now extinct
• Organisms do not always evolve
– toward some kind of higher order of perfection
– or greater complexity
• Vertebrates are more complex
but not necessarily superior
in some survival sense than bacteria
after all, bacteria have persisted
for at least 3.5 billion years
• Natural selection yields organisms adapted
– to a specific set of circumstances
– at a particular time
Background and Mass Extinction
• The continual extinction of species
– is referred to as background extinction
• It is clearly different from mass extinction
– during which accelerated extinction rates
– sharply reduce Earth’s biotic diversity
• Extinction is a continual occurrence
– but so is the evolution of new species
– that usually quickly exploit the opportunities
– another species’ extinction creates
• Mammals began a remarkable diversification
– when they began occupying niches
– the extinction of dinosaurs and their relatives left
Mass Extinction
• The mass extinction of dinosaurs
– and other animals at the end of Mesozoic Era
– is well known,
• but the greatest mass extinction
– occurred at the end of the Paleozoic Era
• More than 90% of all species died out
– We will discuss these extinctions
– and their possible causes later in the term
Evidence in Support of Evolution
• Darwin cited supporting evidence
– for evolutionary theory such as
comparative anatomy
geographic distribution
fossil record, to a limited extent
• He had little knowledge
– of the mechanism of inheritance
– and biochemistry and molecular biology
– were unknown at his time
Evidence in Support of Evolution
• Since Darwin’s time, studies from additional
– in biochemistry
– molecular biology
– more complete and better understood fossil record
• have convinced scientists that the theory
– is as well supported by evidence
– as any other major theory
• Scientists still disagree on many details,
– but the central claim of the theory
– is well established and widely accepted
Is the Theory of Evolution
• An idea can only be a truly scientific theory
– if testable predictive statements
– can be made from it
• No theory in science is ever proven
• in the final sense,
– although substantial evidence may support it
• All theories are always open
– to question, revision and occasionally
– to replacement by a more comprehensive theory
Theories Must Be Predictive
• By predictive, we do not mean that
– it can predict the future
• No one knows which existing species
– will become extinct, or what descendants
– of any particular organism, if any,
– will look like in 10 million years from now
• Nevertheless, we can make a number of
– about the present-day biological world
– and about the fossil record
– that should be consistent with the theory of
– if it is correct
Some Predictions from Evolution
• If evolution has taken place,
– the oldest fossil-bearing rocks should have
– very different fossils than organisms of today
• More recent rocks should have
– more fossils similar to today’s organisms
• Closely related species should have similarities
– in a whole range of areas, not just anatomy
Some Predictions from Evolution
• Classification of organisms
– should show a nested pattern of similarities
• Neighboring plants and animals
– should be more similar to each other
– than to ones farther away
• A mechanism should exist
– that allows the evolution of one species to another
– fossils should appear in the fossil record
– in order of the organisms’ evolution
• Suppose that contrary to evolutionary prediction
wolves and coyotes were not similar
in terms of their biochemistry, genetics
and embryonic development
Our prediction would fail
and we would at least have to modify the theory
• If other predictions also failed
– say, if mammals appeared in the fossil record before
– then we would have to abandon the theory
– and find a better explanation for our observations
• Since the theory of evolution is testable,
– it is truly scientific
Biological Evidence
Supporting Evolution
• If all existing organisms actually evolved
– from ancestors that lived during the past,
• all life forms should have fundamental
– all living things consist mainly of carbon, nitrogen
hydrogen and oxygen
– their chromosomes consist of DNA
• except bacteria which have RNA
– all cells synthesize proteins
– in essentially the same way
Evolutionary Relationships
• Biochemistry provides evidence
– for evolutionary relationships
• Blood chemistry is similar among all mammals
– Humans’ blood chemistry is related
most closely to the great apes
then to Old World monkeys
then New World monkeys
then lower primates such as lemurs
• Biochemical test support the idea
– that birds descended from reptiles
• a relationship also evidenced in the fossil record
Structures with Similarities
• Homologous structures
– are basically similar structures
– that have been modified for different functions
– They indicate derivation from a common ancestor.
• Analogous structures are structures
with similarities unrelated
to evolutionary relationships
that serve the same function
but are quite dissimilar
in both structure and development
Homologous Structures
• Forelimbs of humans, whales, dogs, and birds
– are superficially dissimilar,
– yet all are made up of the same bones,
– have similar
– of muscles,
nerves and
– are similarly
arranged with respect to other structures,
– have similar pattern of embryonic development
Analogous Structures
• Wings of insects, birds and bats
– serve the same function but differ considerably
– in structure and embryological development
• Are any of these wings
• Yes, bird and
bat wings
– both analogous and homologous?
Vestigial Structures
• Vestigial structures are nonfunctional remnants
– of structures in organisms that were functional
– in their ancestors
• Why do dogs have tiny,
– functionless toes on their
feet (dewclaws)?
• Ancestral dogs had five
– on each foot,
– all of which contacted the
• As they evolved
– they became toe-walkers with only four toes on the ground
– and the big toes and thumbs were lost or reduced
– to their present state
• Classification uses a nested pattern of
• Carolus Linneaus (1707-1778) proposed
a classification scheme
in which organisms receive a two-part name
consisting of genus and species
for example, the coyote is Canis latrans
• Linnaeus’s classification is an ordered list
– of categories that becomes more inclusive
– as one proceeds up the hierarchy
Linnaean Classification
• the coyote, Canis latrans
• Animalia
– Chordata
Most inclusive
• Kingdom
– Phylum
• Subphylum
– Class
» Order
• Family
– Genus
• Species
Least inclusive
• Vertebrata
– Mammalia
» Carnivora
• Canidae
– Canis
• latrans
Classification —shared Characteristics
• Subphylum
– including
reptiles, birds
and mammals,
– have a
• Only warmblooded
animals with
hair/fur and
glands are
Coyote and Wolf
• Coyote (Canis latrans) and wolf (Canis lupus)
– share numerous characteristics
– as members of the same genus
• They share some but fewer characteristics
– with the red fox (Volpes fulva)
– in the family Canidae
• All canids share some characteristics with cats,
– bears and weasels in the order Carnivora
– which is one of 18 living orders
– of the class Mammalia
• Shared characteristics
– are evidence for evolutionary relationships
Evolution in Living Organisms
• Small-scale evolution can be observed today.
• For example
– adaptations of some plants to contaminated soils
– insects and rodents developing resistance to new
insecticides and pesticides
– development of antibiotic-resistant strains of
• Variations in these populations
– allowed some variant types
– to live and reproduce,
– bringing about a genetic change
Horses and Their Relatives
• This cladogram shows the relationship among
– tapirs, rhinoceroses, horses and their extinct relative
– the titanotheres and chalicothers
– which are well documented by fossils
Horses and Their Relatives
• These might seem an odd assortment of animals
– but fossils and studies of living animals
– indicate that they shared a common ancestor
• As we trace these animals back
– in the fossil record,
– differentiating one from the other
– becomes increasingly difficult
• The earliest members of each group
– are remarkably similar,
– differing mostly in size and details of their teeth
• As their diversification proceeded
– the differences became more apparent
Never Enough
• Of course, we will never have enough fossils
– to document the evolutionary history
– of all living creatures simply because fossilization
– is an incomplete process
• The remains of some organisms
– are more likely to be preserved than those of others
– and accumulation of sediments
– varies in both space and time
• But several other kinds of evidence
support the concept of evolution
including biochemistry, comparative anatomy,
genetics, molecular biology,
and small-scale evolution of living organisms
• Jean Baptiste de Lamarck proposed
the first formal theory of evolution
to be taken seriously
Inheritance of acquired characteristics
was his mechanism for evolution
• In 1859 Charles Robert Darwin
and Alfred Russel Wallace
published their views on evolution,
and proposed natural selection
as the mechanism for evolutionary change
• Gregor Mendel’s breeding experiments
with garden peas provided some of the answers
regarding how variation
is maintained and passed on
Mendel’s work is the basis for modern genetics
• Genes are the hereditary determinants
– in all organisms
• This genetic information is carried
– in the chromosomes of cells
– Only the genes in
– the chromosomes of sex cells are inheritable
• Sexual reproduction and mutations
– account for most variation in populations
• Evolution by natural selection has 2-steps
First, variation must be produced
and maintained in interbreeding populations,
and second, favorable variants
must be selected for survival
• An important way by which new species
– is allopathic speciation
• When a group is isolated
from its parent population,
gene flow is restricted or eliminated,
and the isolated group is subjected
to different selection pressures
• Divergent evolution involves
– an ancestral stock giving rise
– to diverse species
• The development of similar adaptive types
– in different groups of organisms results
– from parallel and convergent evolution
• Scientists are increasingly using
cladistic analyses to determine relationships
among organism,
but they still show relationships
using phylogenetic trees
• Extinctions take place continually,
and times of mass extinctions
resulting in marked decreases
in Earth’s biologic diversity
have occurred several times
• The theory of evolution is truly scientific
– because we can make observations
– that would falsify it
– That is, it could conceivably be proved wrong
• Much of the evidence supporting
– the theory of evolution comes from
– classification, embryology, genetics,
– biochemistry, molecular biology,
– and present-day small-scale evolution
• The fossil record also provides evidence
for evolution in that it shows a sequence
of different groups appearing through time,
and some fossils show features
we would expect in the ancestors of birds
or mammals, and so on
The Galápagos Islands
Neutral Mutations
• Information in cells is carried on chromosomes
– which direct the formation of proteins
– by selecting the appropriate amino acids
– and arranging them into a specific sequence
• Neutral mutations may occur
– if the information carried on the chromosome
– does not change the amino acid or protein
– that is produced
Evolutionary Trends
• During evolution, all aspects of an organism
– do not change simultaneously
• A key feature we associate
– with a descendant group might appear
– before other features typical of that group
• For example, the oldest known bird
– had feathers and the typical fused clavicles of birds,
– but it also retained many reptile characteristics
• Mosaic evolution is the concept that
– organisms possess recently evolved characteristics
– as well as some features of their ancestral group
Remnants of Toes in Horses
• Normally a horse’s back
– has only one functional toe,
– the third
• Splints are small
– remnants of toes 2 and 4
– that remain as vestiges
• Occasionally,
– horses are born
– with one or both
– of these vestiges enlarged
Cladistics and Cladograms
• Traditionally, scientists have
– depicted evolutionary relationships
– with phylogenetic trees
• in which the horizontal axis represents
• anatomical differences
• and the vertical axis denotes time
• In contrast, a cladogram shows
– the relationships among members of a clade
• a group of organisms
• including its most recent common ancestor
• Cladistics focus on derived characteristics
• sometimes called evolutionary novelties
– as opposed to primitive characteristics
Phylogenetic Tree
• A phylogenetic tree
– showing the
– among various
vertebrate animals
Evolutionary Novelties
• All land-dwelling vertebrate animals
posses bone and paired limbs
so these characteristics are primitive
and of little use in establishing relationships
among land vertebrates
• However, hair and mammary glands
– are derived characteristics
– Only one subclade, the mammals, has them
Evolutionary Novelties
• If considering only mammals,
hair and mammary glands
are primitive characteristics,
but live birth is a derived characteristic
that serves to distinguish most mammals
from the egg-laying mammals
• Three different
– of the relationships among
– bats, dogs and birds
• Bats and birds fly,
– which might suggest
– a closer relationship
– than to dogs
• Dogs and birds
– do not appear closely related
• Hair and giving birth to live
– indicate that bats and dogs
– are more closely related
Galápagos Finches
• Darwin’s finches from the Galápagos Islands
– arranged to show evolutionary relationships
Insect eaters
Insect eaters
Seed Cactus
eaters eaters
– Notice
that beak
– varies
on diet
Various Possibilities
• In allopatric speciation
– a small population may evolve
– whereas the larger parent population may
• remain unchanged,
• evolve in some other direction,
• or become extinct
Styles of Evolution
• In both convergent and parallel evolution,
– similar characteristics developed independently
– in comparable environments
• Once an egg
– has been fertilized,
– the developing embryo
– grows by mitosis
Modern View of Evolution
• During the 1930s and 1940s,
paleontologists, population biologists,
geneticists, and others developed ideas that
merged to form a modern synthesis
or neo-Darwinian view of evolution
• They incorporated
– chromosome theory of inheritance
– into evolutionary thinking
• They saw changes in genes (mutations)
– as one source of variation
Allopatric Speciation
• A few individuals may somehow reach
– a remote area and no longer exchange genes
– with the parent population
– This out-migration can lead to the formation
• of a peripheral isolate that gives rise to a new species
– while the parent population persists without change
• Ideas about speciation
– commonly involve misconceptions
• One anti-evolution argument is
– “If humans evolved from monkeys,
– “why are there still monkeys?”
• This involves two misconceptions
– No scientist has ever claimed
• that humans evolved from monkeys
– Even if they had, that would not preclude
• the possibility of monkeys still existing
Modern View of Evolution
• They completely rejected Lamarck’s idea
– of inheritance of acquired characteristics
• They reaffirmed the importance of natural
• But since then,
– some scientists have challenged the emphasis
– in modern synthesis
– that evolution is gradual
Cladistics for Fossils
• Cladistics and cladograms work
– well for living organisms,
– but are trickier for fossils
• Care must be taken in determining
– what are primitive verses derived characteristics,
– especially in groups with poor fossil records
• Paleontologists must be especially careful
– of characteristics resulting
– from convergent evolution
Cladistics for Fossils
• Nevertheless, cladistics is a powerful tool
– that has more clearly elucidated
– the relationships among many fossil lineages,
– and is now used extensively by paleontologists
Coyote, Canis latrans
• 18 orders of
mammals exist
including order
• The Family
Canidae are
• and the genus
Canis includes
only closely
related species
• Coyote, Canis
latrans, stands
alone as a
Randomness in Natural Selection?
• But isn’t evolution by natural selection
– a random process?
• If so, how is it possible
for a trend to continue long enough
to account just by chance
for such complex structures as
eyes, wings, and hands?
Two Steps in Natural Selection
• Evolution by natural selection
– is a 2 step process
– Only the first step involves chance
• Variation must be present
– or arise in a population
• Whether a mutation is favorable
– is a matter of chance
• The natural selection of favorable variations
– is not by chance
• Evolutionary trends are a series of
– to changing environment
– or in response to exploitation of new
• Some organisms
– show little evolutionary change
– for long periods
• Lingula is a brachiopod
– with a shell, at least,
– that has not changed
– significantly since the Ordovician