This seminar will cover the broad topic of evolution, including:
- the history of evolutionary thought and the philosophy of evolution;
- micro-evolution, or small adaptive changes within lineages;
- macro-evolution, or speciation and phylogeny; and
- special topics such as rates of evolution, diversity of life, and human evolution.
A textbook written by one of the architects of the modern synthesis of evolution will be read and discussed. The book is: What Evolution Is. Mayr, Ernst. 2001. Basic Books, i-xv + 318 pp.