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What is the difference in Evolution and Adaptation?

Seems to me that as species adapt they evolve.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:06 PM on Feb. 23, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • adaptation is what most people call "microevolution" which is small changes in a species, such as over several generations a nose being bigger or smaller as the species needs.

    lots and lots of microevolutions make up "evolution"
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:11 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • No difference.

    Now, the theory that evolution caused completely new species to arise has NEVER had ANY evidence to support it. You know those beautifully illustrated posters which show a fish, an amphibian crawling up onto land, a mammal, an ape, then a homo sapiens?

    Yeah, never found one SHRED of evidence showing that kind of morphing. PLENTY of evidence for already-established species evolving into better-adapted variations, but no "was a mouse, became a platypus" stuff.

    EVERY new creature in the fossil record arrives on the scene fully-perfected, fully distinct from other creatures.

    Evolving from one size or specialization to another happens, but not from one species to another.

    So the fossil record has NO evidence to repudiate the theory that new species are being CREATED at the same time as current ones are adapting better to a changing environment.

    Creation & evolution are NOT mutually exclusive !
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:17 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • Same thing! Adaptations are small evolutionary steps...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:31 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • Essentially they are the same thing.
    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:19 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • Adaption is just a small part of the scientific theory of evolution. Evolution is "descent with modification". The central idea of evolution is that all life on earth shares a common ancestor. Through "descent with modification" that comon ancestor gave rise to the diversity of life we have here on earth. One of the mechanism for evolution is natural selection (mutation, migration, genetic drift are some other mechanism). Adaption is one part of natural selection. Adaptation is when a feature become common in a population because it somehow improves some function - like echolocation in bats is an adaptation for catching insects. But not everything is an adaptation. Sometimes evolutionary differences are a byproduct or result of a genetic drift or what's leftover from an outdated adaptation.

    So as I said adaption is just one small piece of the scientific theory of evolution.


    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:50 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • the theory that evolution caused completely new species to arise has NEVER had ANY evidence to support it.


    Sorry, you're wrong. There are tons of examples of new species developing form a previous species - it's called speciation.  You may want to do more research into speciation (here's an introductory link to explain it).  This article describes some specific cases of speciation. 

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:59 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • Yeah, never found one SHRED of evidence showing that kind of morphing. PLENTY of evidence for already-established species evolving into better-adapted variations, but no "was a mouse, became a platypus" stuff.


    Actually any evidence of the "morphing" you're talking about would be evidence AGAINST evolution.  Evolution does not claim that a mouse becomes a platypus - what it does say is that going back millions of years the mouse and the platypus shared a common ancestor.


    EVERY new creature in the fossil record arrives on the scene fully-perfected, fully distinct from other creatures.


    The existance of transitional fossils would indicate otherwise.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:03 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • Creation & evolution are NOT mutually exclusive !


    I totally agree!  Also one can believe that the BIble is the inerrant Word of God and still accept the scientific theory of evolution is the bet natural explation for the diversity of life here on earth.  (See the article Evolutionary Creation)

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:06 PM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • "EVERY new creature in the fossil record arrives on the scene fully-perfected, fully distinct from other creatures."

    Except for horses. If you visit the international museum of the horse, you can walk through an exhibit, complete with fossils, showing the development of the modern horse right back, in stages, to something that clearly was not a horse.
    Clairwil

    Answer by Clairwil at 7:11 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

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