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This paper discusses the history of how the finches, which Darwin saw on the Galapagos islands, helped to illustrate and inspire his theory of natural selection and evolution. The essay also addresses the problems with Darwin's theory and gives a detailed discussion of evolutionary theory and natural selection.
From the Paper:"Evolutionary theory argues that species change and evolve into completely new and different species. Evolutionists argue that the abundance of life upon our planet is the manifestation of "original ancestors" who then turned into the diversity of life that we have on the planet today. If indeed the finches are entirely different species, as different as cats and dogs, then the theory of evolution obtains concrete proof that the process of evolution can change one species into a diversity of species through adaptation and natural selection. However, this appears not to be the case in terms of the finches. Despite their obvious differences and survival mechanism both learned and genetically acquired from their environment, these finches are still on the genetic level the same."
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Cite this Analytical Essay:
Darwin's Finches (2009, December 24) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/darwin-finches-117927/
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