Not just in Kansas, Anymore....

Eric Zurcher Eric.Zurcher at PI.CSIRO.AU
Mon Jul 30 16:58:13 CDT 2001

>At 09:27 PM 7/29/01, Richard Pyle wrote:
>>"'Evolution' is often times confused with 'adaptation,' Matsumoto argued.
>>'So many times in our textbooks and our science classes, adaptation gets
>>replaced with the word evolution,' she said. 'Adaptation is a change within
>>a species to adapt to their survival rather than evolution, which is
>>changing from one species to another species such as ape to man.' Matsumoto
>>suggested that such changes between species are not possible."
>>She argued that 'evolution' reflects the idea that one species
>>can change into another, such as ape to man, which she argued is not
>>possible, while adaptation reflects change within a species."

Turning the Matsumoto argument around, I would say that the fact that the
boundaries between species are often so hard to define is actually rather
convincing evidence that evolution is occurring.

Eric Zurcher
CSIRO Livestock Industries
Canberra, ACT Australia
E-mail: Eric.Zurcher at

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