Sides of the Debate:

Michael Behe
Michael Denton
Peter Gegenheimer
Henry M. Morris
Philip E. Johnson
Colin Patterson

Charles Darwin
Thomas H. Huxley
Jean Baptiste Lamark
Donald C. Johanson
Gregor Mendel
Kenneth R. Miller
Aurthur Holmes


Fossil Project
Three Main Areas Helping to Prove Evolution
Evidence Supporting Evolution
The Synthesis Theory
Thomas H. Huxley
Phillip E. Johnson
Hawaiian Fruit Flies
Evolution of Man

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Evolution Theory: True or False?

According to Evolution Theory, species present today have evolved from different species. Present day fish have evolved from a group of jawless fish. Insects have evolved from sea-dwelling arthropods. And man have evolved from ape-Re animals. From this thought, we believe that when a change in the environment occurs which is detrimental to a species, a sub-group of that species may survive. Its chance of survival will be closely determined by that sub-group being different enough from the main population, and different in a way that allows it to survive the change in then environment. This would explain the rapid recovery from large-scale extinctions seen in the fossil record.

Evolution Theory states that:

    1. Variation exists within the genes of every species, which is the simple result of random mutation.
    2. In a particular environment, some individuals of a species, or better said a sub-population of a species, are better suited for survival. Because of being better suited to survive 'in that environment, they will have more offspring that survive in that environment. This is called natural selection.
    3. Over time, change within species leads to the replacement of old species by new species. This happens because the old species are less successful and they become extinct.
    4. There is clear evidence from fossils and many other sources that the species now on Earth have evolved, or descended, from ancestral forms that are now extinct (evolution).

But not everybody agrees with the theory of evolution. Many, creationist among them, believe that live has not existed on Earth for 3.5 billion years, nor do they believe that man has evolved from an ape-like species.

Your job will be to either prove that the theory of evolution is true (defense), or to prove that the theory of evolution is false (prosecution). You must research both view points on the theory of evolution, and the major scientist involved in the argument. Then present a short trial (20-30 minutes each) on the theory of evolution.

Each case will involve about 8 people:

1 attorney for the Prosecution and 3 witnesses for the prosecution (witnesses must be announced before trial). The Prosecution will present his/her case first.

1 attorney for the Defense and 3 witnesses for the defense,

You will be judged by your classmates and the Honorable Justice Hartzog (do not even think about a bribe!!)

What will be due on the day of the trial.?

    1. One 2-page paper will be due on the Thurs. 4/29 and Fri. 4/30 at the beginning of class. The attorneys will write a brief, which will begin with their opening statement, move into a list of witnesses and questions for their witnesses, strategy (i.e. objections to look for), then finally a closing statement. The witnesses will present why you do or do not believe that Evolution Theory is true, from the prospective of the person you are representing (i.e. Darwin for the Defense and Denton for the Prosecution). The lawyers will turn in their papers, attached to their witnessesí statements.
    2. The final presentation of the case: if you are an attorney, a list of your statement or questions and strategy, if you are a witness, an explanation of who you are and how you will help the case.
    3. Your brag sheet will explain what you did for your group. Everyone must work on the strategy, questions and help the all witnesses.

How will you be graded?

    1. Your paper is part of your individual grade, and will account for about 35% of the grade.
    2. Your presentation will be graded on your preparation, the quality of the questions, statement, witnesses, strategy and your performance, and will account for about 35% of the grade.
    3. Your brag sheet is Part of your individual grade, and will account for about 30% of the grade.