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The Cambrian “Explosion”,  Transitional Forms, and the Tree of Life

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Transitional Forms, and the Tree of Life

Many evolutionary critics have identified the Cambrian Explosion as a stumbling block to the theory of evolution, arguing that the “expected transitions between major invertebrate phyla are absent, and that the suddenness of their appearance in the fossil record demonstrates that evolutionary explanations are not viable.” Keith Miller argues that the Cambrian Explosion is not so problematic as these opponents claim after all.

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The Cambrian “Explosion”,  Transitional Forms, and the Tree of Life

The Cambrian “Explosion”,  Transitional Forms, and the Tree of Life

The most fundamental claim of biological evolution is that all living organisms represent the outer tips of a diversifying, upward-branching tree of life. The “tree of life” is an extremely powerful metaphor that captures the essence of evolution.
December 03, 2010 
Keith Miller 
History of Life 
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The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 2

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 2

The procedure of classifying organisms is called taxonomy, and the general name for individual groups is “taxa.” Significantly, the first question that needs to be addressed is -- What is a phylum?
December 11, 2010 
Keith Miller 
History of Life 
14
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 3

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 3

There are two opposite errors which need to be countered about the fossil record: 1) that it is so incomplete as to be of no value in interpreting patterns and trends in the history of life, and 2) that it is so good that we should expect a relatively complete record of the details of evolutionary transitions within all or most lineages.
December 17, 2010 
Keith Miller 
History of Life 
18
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 4

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 4

A very important question is what organisms existed before the Cambrian “explosion.” Were there Precambrian precursors, or did the Cambrian explosion really happen in a biological vacuum?
February 08, 2011 
Keith Miller 
History of Life 
21
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 5

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 5

One of the most important features of the Cambrian "explosion" was the very rapid diversification of organisms with shells, plates, and various other types of hard parts. A wide variety of soft-bodied organisms are also known from the Cambrian.
March 04, 2011 
Keith Miller 
History of Life 
6
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 6

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 6

Given our current, and continually growing, knowledge of the deep past, it is increasingly clear that the rise of multicellular animals is not an impenetrable mystery.
March 11, 2011 
Keith Miller 
History of Life 
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