Evolution and Natural Selection Flashcards

Ecofeminism and ecopsychology are mentioned, for example, as are terms from organic gardening and permaculture. Because the life sciences messily overlap that’s life , terms from botany, biology, geology, chemistry, meteorology, and agriculture are included as well. Although designed for technical correctness and clarity, this glossary follows the practice in the Jung and Freud glossaries at this site of letting in a bit of humor here and there: Some states in the U. Abrasiveness also seems to be the one quality currently shared by most political appointees and prominent heads of state. Also refers to how objects convert the solar radiation they receive into heat.

How do scientists determine the age of dinosaur bones?

Note that Homo floresiensis has not been placed on this timeline. This fossil footprint found near Ileret, Kenya, is 1. These footprints are the oldest ever found of the human genus. The fire is smouldering after blazing all night.

The method most commonly used in archaeology is carbon dating. What would be the two methods of dating fossils and explain each? relative and absolute. relative is determining the relative order of past events, without necessarily determining their absolute age.

This is what archaeologists use to determine the age of human-made artifacts. But carbon dating won’t work on dinosaur bones. The half-life of carbon is only 5, years, so carbon dating is only effective on samples that are less than 50, years old. Dinosaur bones, on the other hand, are millions of years old — some fossils are billions of years old. To determine the ages of these specimens, scientists need an isotope with a very long half-life.

Some of the isotopes used for this purpose are uranium , uranium and potassium , each of which has a half-life of more than a million years.

Dating Methods

Artichokes Food historians confirm artichokes descended from their wild cousins cardoons. While the wild variety was consumed in ancient times, modern artichokes, as we know them today, first surface during the Medieval ages. These “Old World” vegetables were introduced to America by European settlers.

Relative dating is used to arrange geological events, and the rocks they leave behind, in a sequence. The method of reading the order is called stratigraphy (layers of rock are called strata).

The great flood in the history of geology[ edit ] Animals boarding Noah’s ark Edward Hicks painting Main article: History of geology In pre-Christian times, fossils found on land were thought by Greek philosophers, including Xenophanes , Xanthus and Aristotle , to be evidence that the sea had in past ages covered the land. Their concept of vast time periods in an eternal cosmos was rejected by early Christian writers as incompatible with their belief in Creation by God.

Among the church fathers, Tertullian spoke of fossils demonstrating that mountains had been overrun by water without explicitly saying when. Chrysostom and Augustine believed that fossils were the remains of animals that were killed and buried during the brief duration of the Biblical Genesis Flood , and later Martin Luther viewed fossils as having resulted from the Flood. In Bernard Palissy speculated that fossils had formed in lakes, and natural historians subsequently disputed the alternatives.

Robert Hooke made empirical investigations, and doubted that the numbers of fossil shells or depth of shell beds could have formed in the one year of Noah’s Flood.

Accuracy of Fossils and Dating Methods

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The Age of Dinosaurs was so many millions of years ago that it is very difficult to date exactly. Scientists use two kinds of dating techniques to work out the age of rocks and fossils. The first method is called relative dating. This considers the positions of the different rocks in sequence (in.

Room , Valley Life Sciences Building University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California, USA Coevolution between phytophagous insect antagonists and Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic seed plant hosts at the level of their respective developmental tool kits with focus on selective forces that drive the logic of transcriptional regulation is proposed in the following essay to explain the origin and evolution of flowering plants and certain Holometabola.

I discuss potential coevolution of insect and seed plant helix-turn-helix proteins, specifically Engraled and Leafy enzymes that bind to cis-regulatory promoters controlling downstream expression of genes determining paedomorphic insect body patterns and plant cone and floral organ development. The picture of the rock slab on the left is of an indeterminate pentamerous fossil rosid flower Celastrales, Rosanae collected by Professor David L.

The image was captured in while the author was visiting Indiana University. Biologists have been encouraged to think ” The three essays on the succeeding web pages are written from this research perspective. Were insect and shrub coevolutionary compartments of the late Paleozoic hypoxic icehouse and later hot house, venues of the first angiosperms? This question among others is explored in this first of three essays on the origin of angiosperms.

Certain aspects of coevolution of Mesozoic arthropods and seed plants that have a bearing on the origin and diversity of angiosperms are reviewed by Takhtajan , Raven , Thien et al. Long-branch attraction LBA continues to cloud molecular-phylogenetic studies of seed plants, including angiosperms Lipeng Zeng et al. Sophisticated Bayesian analyses conducted by C. Do unsolved Ceratophyllales such as extant species of Ceratophyllum represent living descendents of a long branch from the Permo-carboniferous population of Sandrewia texana Vojnovskyales?

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The assumption that the geologic column is a base from which to calibrate the C dates is not wise. With a half-life of only years, carbon dating has nothing to do with dating the geological ages! Whether by sloppiness or gross ignorance, Dr. Hovind is confusing the carbon “clock” with other radiometric “clocks. Being ancient, the C content has long since decayed away and that makes it useful in “zeroing” laboratory instruments.

It’s just one of the tricks that have been used to make the work a little more precise.

Chapter 6 Rocks and Fossils. STUDY. PLAY. Uniformitarianism. Relative Dating. method of determining the age of a fossil by comparing its placement with that of .

At the time that Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published, the earth was “scientifically” determined to be million years old. By , it was found to be 1. In , science firmly established that the earth was 3. Finally in , it was discovered that the earth is “really” 4. In these early studies the order of sedimentary rocks and structures were used to date geologic time periods and events in a relative way.

At first, the use of “key” diagnostic fossils was used to compare different areas of the geologic column. Although there were attempts to make relative age estimates, no direct dating method was available until the twentieth century. However, before this time some very popular indirect methods were available. For example, Lord Kelvin had estimated the ages of both the Earth and the Sun based on cooling rates. The answer of 25 million years deduced by Kelvin was not received favorably by geologists.

Both the physical geologists and paleontologists could point to evidence that much more time was needed to produce what they saw in the stratigraphic and fossil records. As one answer to his critics, Kelvin produced a completely independent estimate — this time for the age of the Sun. His result was in close agreement with his estimate of the age of the earth. The solar estimate was based on the idea that the energy supply for the solar radioactive flux is gravitational contraction.


The International History Project Date: Archaeology studies past human behavior through the examination of material remains of previous human societies. These remains include the fossils preserved bones of humans, food remains, the ruins of buildings, and human artifacts—items such as tools, pottery, and jewelry.

From their studies, archaeologists attempt to reconstruct past ways of life.

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Such time determinations are made and the record of past geologic events is deciphered by studying the distribution and succession of rock strata, as well as the character of the fossil organisms preserved within the strata. Grand Canyon wall cutaway diagram showing the ages of the rock layers. According to a long-standing principle of the geosciences, that of superposition, the oldest layer within a sequence of strata is at the base and the layers are progressively younger with ascending order.

The relative ages of the rock strata deduced in this manner can be corroborated and at times refined by the examination of the fossil forms present. The tracing and matching of the fossil content of separate rock outcrops i. Fossils help geologists establish the ages of layers of rock. In this diagram, sections A and B represent rock layers miles km apart.

Their ages can be established by comparing the fossils in each layer. Radiometric dating has provided not only a means of numerically quantifying geologic time but also a tool for determining the age of various rocks that predate the appearance of life-forms. Preserved in these rocks is the complex record of the many transgressions and regressions of the sea, as well as the fossil remains or other indications of now extinct organisms and the petrified sands and gravels of ancient beaches, sand dunes, and rivers.

Statue of seated man said to be Herodotus; in the Louvre, Paris. Xenophanes of Colophon ?

Flood geology

Extending these trend lines into the future we can see how major adaptive changes can add up over time. Put stickleback fish in a freshwater environment they were transplants from salt water, but can survive in both and over time they lose their protective, boney plates. They likely do so to conserve energy since their environment has different predatory pressures and less food during the winter.

Evolution of lateral plate morph frequencies in Loberg lake between and Besides complete and low lateral plate morphs, we recognize three intermediate phenotypes described in Bell et al. These are “intermediate partials” IP , partial morphs, and “intermediate lows” IL.

Start studying BIOLOGY CHAPTER 19 vocabulary review. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Relative dating. Method used to place rock layers and their fossils in a time sequence.

Classification and origin For many years, professionals have vigorously debated whether Neanderthals should be classified as Homo neanderthalensis or as Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, the latter placing Neanderthals as a subspecies of Homo sapiens. The original reconstruction of Neanderthal anatomy was flawed and exacerbated the distinction between Neanderthals and humans. Based on a nearly complete skeleton of an elderly male found in France, the reconstruction showed bent knees and a slouching gait Smithsonian b.

This image, which led to a standard and lingering view of crude cavemen, was mistaken, as Neanderthals apparently walked fully upright without a slouch or bent knees. They also had a larger cranial capacity than modern humans and were culturally sophisticated in terms of tool making, symbolic ritual, and seemingly burying their dead Smithsonian b. However, there are many differences between Neanderthals and modern populations.

They had a low forehead, double-arched brow ridge, larger nasal area, projecting cheek region, heavily-built bones, short lower leg and arm bones relative to the upper bones, and so forth. The first proto-Neanderthal traits appeared in Europe as early as , years ago Bischoff et al. By , years ago, full blown Neanderthal characteristics were present. Both the Neanderthal’s place in the human family tree and their relation to modern Europeans have been hotly debated ever since their discovery.

A common perspective among scientists, based on ongoing DNA research, is that Neanderthals were a separate branch of the genus Homo, and that modern humans are not descended from them fitting with the single-origin thesis.

Dating Rock Layers

What about the fact that the “simple” organisms are buried in the lower levels and the more “complicated” ones are buried in the higher levels? Doesn’t this fact support the notion that simple organisms evolved into more and more complex organisms over time, with the more complex organisms buried and fossilized above the earlier and simpler life forms? Certainly this seems like a very logical assumption.

But, things just aren’t that easy.

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The older, Late Proterozoic sedimentary sequence is comprised of the Grand Canyon Supergroup which consists of the Chaur Group, the Nankoweap Formation, the Unkar Group, and the Sixtymile Formation, and is only found in isolated patches along the main Colorado River corridor and some of its major tributaries Figure 2. Beginning about 1, million years ago and lasting about million years during the Late Proterozoic Era , approximately 13, feet of sediments and lava were deposited in coastal and shallow marine environments.

Basin-and-Range style crustal deformation beginning about million years ago lifted and tilted these rocks. Subsequent erosion removed these tilted layers from much of the Grand Canyon region leaving only wedge-shaped remnants preserved in large graben structures Figure 2 , mainly observed in the eastern parts of the canyon. These mudstones, sandstones, and limestones are widely distributed in the canyon, but total a mere 2, and 5, feet thick by comparison with Proterozoic rocks.

They offer a plethora of evidence interpreted as coastal and marine environments, including several significant marine incursions from the west, developed on a passive continental margin setting between about and million years ago. Rock formations from the Cambrian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian and Permian periods are present.

The suite of sedimentary rocks exposed by the downcutting of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park includes an older Proterozoic sequence, and a younger Paleozoic sequence. A geologic map of the eastern Grand Canyon area indicating the general outcrop locations of Proterozoic crystalline basement and Grand Canyon Super Group sedimentary rocks, sedimentary rocks of the Paleozoic sequence, and geologic structures; note the general juxtaposition of Supergroup rocks against bounding normal faults.

Erosion has removed most Mesozoic Era sedimentary rocks from the region, although small remnants can be found, particularly in the western Grand Canyon. Nearby rock outcrops, particularly to the north in the Grand Staircase area, suggest 4, to 8, feet of Mesozoic sedimentary layers once covered the Grand Canyon region, but were removed by uplift and erosion in the early Teritary. Cenozoic Era sediments and sedimentary rocks are limited to the western Grand Canyon and to stream terraces and travertine deposits found superimposed on older rocks near the Colorado River itself.

Lava flows and associated cinder cones comprise the majority of Cenozoic deposits.

484 #15 – Relative age-dating of rocks; sediments, superposition, hints of deep time