Evolution: Life On Earth Is One Big Extended Family [infographic]

August 18, 2014 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing

I am a firm supporter of the theory of evolution. I was recently engaged in an argument in which the person opposing me did not believe in the theory of evolution. I have chosen this infographic specifically to promote this theory, because I feel that it is time for humanity to embrace and accept it as the most plausible explanation of (as Darwin put it so eloquently) the origin of species.

Every living thing is connected. You share something in common with every other living creature/plant on this planet. The thing we all share in common is not just life itself, but genetic codes. From the very first instance of life on earth, DNA has been morphing and changing in extreme ways with each new generation of living things. Basically, this genetic code can change based on a number of different causes, but mostly relating to the environment in a living body’s surroundings. This is how a plant can become a squirrel. It takes more time than is humanly observable for a change that drastic to occur, but it occurs nonetheless. This is the primary reason I feel most people have trouble understanding evolution.

We have made it convenient for humans to understand  by pictorially describing evolution in a linear fashion, as shown by the popular image of the ape-to-man progression. I feel this image has only added to the confusion. Firstly, humans did not evolve from apes; we share a common ancestor, which is the reason we are related to them. Secondly, it makes it seem like two apes got it on one day and all of a sudden the first human being popped out, and then eventually other human beings happened, and then it became normal. The problem is that the image fails to show the millions of years in between. It wasn’t that the creature looked like a monkey, and then looked like a human. It was a process that took countless occurrences of genetic changes that created what we now call a human.

I could go on for days trying to explain the theory of evolution, but it would appear that I have far surpassed my preferred word-count, so I will stop here. I urge anyone that does not support the theory of evolution to further examine it and to seek to understand it, because it is something that is happening, and it’s time the world accepted it. [via]



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  • djc

    In his follow up work, “The Descent of Man”, Darwin follows his theory of evolution to it’s natural conclusion by stating the following :

    “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that his must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.” 1st Edition, London, John Murray Publishers, 1871, pages 168-169. (emphasis mine).

    As I said, this is the natural conclusion of the theory of evolution. Adolf Hitler liked the idea very much.

  • aedgeworth

    No one expects to see one kind of life form instantaneously turn into another. That is a misconception. However, if this has been going on for about 600 million years as you claim, why are we not able to look around and see something that is in transition to something other than what it always has been. Don’t give me the nonsense that we just don’t know what it is changing into, we don’t have to. We just need to be able to observe it changing into something different. There is no evidence of that. If it actually has been going on as long as you believe, then something should be going through a stage of transition. That is why some have said the process must have stopped for now for some reason. The only type of change that is observable is speciation within a kind. That is not the same as change beyond the kind level.

    This is where you ask: “What is a kind anyway?” I think you understand the difference between a “dog kind” and a “cat kind.” The transition beyond the “kind” level is not observable, and that is the only thing called “evolution” that is in question. The DNA code is information. Information does not happen by accident. DNA is proof of design, not random, chance, mutational change. Mutational change always causes a net loss of useful genetic information over time, not a net gain. You believe it all began by accident millions of years ago. Do you know what other stories start out: “Once upon a time, long ago and far away”?

  • aedgeworth

    I don’t know if you can dance or not, but your philosophy seems to be a little lacking.

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