New magnifaction equipment is made alowing scientists to tackle the theory of us springing from non-living matter in a new way.
linnaeus's systema Naturae
swedish botanist Carl von Linne attempts to clasify all the life on earth.
Theory of evolution introduced
Comte de buffon speculates that living creatures evolved according to natural laws
Charles Darwin's grandfather toys with a daring idea. in zoonomia he states that "would it be to bold to imagine that all warm blooded animals have arisen from on living fillament?"
Charles Darwin's birth
Charles Darwin is born
Lamrack Champions Evolution
French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de Lamrack proposes that living things evolved to become more complex through time.
Catastrophes in fossil records
Cuvier unearths fossils of bizarre and extinct creatures.
Lyell describes immense age of earth
Lyell becomes a mentor himself to Charles Darwin. Darwin applies Ltell's notaion of gradual change to his theory of how species evolve.
Charles Darwin begins his voyage around the world. He intends to spend his life the clergy but 5 years later, at the end of what was a two year trip, he changed. he commits his life to science and discovered new laws.
Darwin labels one of his secrtet notebooks "Transmutation of species" and he sketches his first "Tree of Life."
Anonymous pamphlet on evolution strikes fury
Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation becomes a notorious in England. Auther Robert Chambers fearful of attack, publishes his evolutionary ideas.
A fossil Skull is discoverd in Germany's Neander Valley. the skull looks much like a modern human yet is distinctly different. other fossils later fuel the debate over human evolution
Brittish explorer writes darwin from malaysia seeking advice. wallace has a theory of how species might evolove. darwin is shocked this theory be what darwin has been reaserching for 20 years. without this hint of competition darwon may have never published his work in his lifetime.
Moravian monk Gregor Mendel publishes a paper detailing how traits are inherited through generations.
in western regions of North America there is a furious hunt yeilding spectacular fossils.
Descent of Man
Darwin unabashedly takes on human evolution. his new book also stresses the importance of sexual selection in driving the evolution of life.
Marsh has discoverd stunning fossils of ancient horses that had 4 toes
Antoine Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity and leads to stunning calculations of the earths age and jumps to the conclusion that the earth is 4.3 billion years old
Mendel makes a law that all traits of parants are blended in their offspring and had been a stumbling block for evolutions even for Darwin H=himself
There is a discovery of a skull which is believed to be the missing link. But in the 1950's the fossil is revealed to be fake.
Raymond Dart announces that a prehistoric "man-like ape" had been found in a limestone quarry at taugs in South Africa.
this legendary test case over the teaching of human evolution makes headlines around the world. leading to various religious debates.
The Events of the Scopes trial again come forth in a historic view but portrayed as a cartoonlike struggle between dogmatic faith and rationalist scientific beliefs.
in the early 1940"s the science of gentics has profound new insights into evolution. With new understanding of how mutations in genes can cause change in the traits of organisms.
DDT a powerful insecticide spurs the evolution of insects that are resistent to it's onslaught and it is used widley in the 1940's to battle the mosquito that spreads malaria.
Origins of life
electric currents act as lightning and a soup of inorganic chemicals used to simulate the conditions of ancient earth that was discovered by a young graduate student named Stanley Miller.
sciences has known for decades that genes determain the traits of living things and they are passed down through the generations.
inherit the wind
in post WWII american senator George McCarthy leads the attack against alleged communists, including many artists and Writers. inherit the wind playwrights Jerome Lawrance and Robert E. Lee.
Humans and Apes
Breakthroughs in genetic science allow researchers to see striking similarities between the DNA of Humans and Apes.
Donald Johanson anounces the find of a 4-million-year-old fossil. the 40% complete skeleton shows evidence that an ancient human ancestor had a small ape sized brain and walked upright.
Havard Biologist Edward O'wilson generates a rush in activity over the debate that behaviour is dertmained by genes. creating the field of "Sociobiology" to study this.
DNA. the genetic bluprint for all livig things is like a text made up of chemical letters.