Discuss the concept of Natural Selection and explain why is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?

Discuss the concept of Natural Selection and explain why is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?

Instructions:

  • Why is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?
  • The Evolution of Life on Earth
  • Natural Selection – Crash

Post to online discussion forum for week 2 (by Wednesday, January 22nd)

In his article, Stephen Jay Gould points out that Darwin’s natural selection only goes so far when explaining the evolution of life on earth.  According to Gould, what is one of the pitfalls of natural selection?  You may critique natural selection in terms of its bias or ability to explain the fossil record as discussed by Gould.  Although duplication is impossible to avoid, try to highlight a facet in the article not mentioned in your classmates’ posts.

 

DBQ #3: Lincoln and Emancipation

Historical Context: When Abraham Lincoln was elected president, it set off a chain of events leading to the Civil War. Seeking to reunite his country, Lincoln pondered whether emancipation of the slaves would help or hurt that cause. Ultimately, in 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the rebelling states.

Directions: Carefully examine and read the following documents. Then, in a well-written essay, assess the following question: Does Lincoln deserve the title of “The Great Emancipator”? Did he truly believe that “all men are created equal”? To accomplish this task draw on your existing knowledge of 19th century social reform movements and incorporate information from the documents into your essay.

Document 1: Abraham Lincoln, Fragment on Slavery, July 1854.