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How plausible is the following statement with respect to various events in the history of life on earth?
mutation and natural selection, together with other known natural
mechanisms and environmental events adequately explain "X".
For X, fill in the following, and then state the plausibility of each (10 = highly plausible; 0 = highly implausible):
1. microevolutionary changes, such as bacterial resistance
minor macroevolutionary events such as the appearance of varieties of
beetle species with no significant morphological changes.
3. minor macroevolutionary events such as the appearance of horses and zebras from a common ancestor.
4. moderate macroevolutionary events such as the appearance of horses, cows and sheep from a common ancestor.
5. macroevolutioary events such as the emergence of whales and bats from a common mammal ancestor.
the Cambrian Explosion (the apparently sudden appearance in the fossil
record of many complex, multicellular animals, dated at about 540
million years ago).
7. the origin of life itself- the first appearance of life on earth.
comment! I will wait for some comments before giving you my answers.
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way may be of interest to readers.
I encourage links to this survey, as I am genuinely curious to see how others evaluate the evidence.
Labels: biological history, macroevolution, microevolution, plausibility, plausibility structures