Evidence for evolution


  1. Students should be able to describe the evidence for evolution including fossils and antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

The theory of evolution by natural selection is now widely accepted.

Evidence for Darwin’s theory is now available as it has been shown that characteristics are passed on to offspring in genes. There is further evidence in the fossil record and the knowledge of how resistance to antibiotics evolves in bacteria.

Explain why data is needed to answer scientific questions, and why it may be uncertain, incomplete or not available. Outline a simple ethical argument about the rights and wrongs of a new technology.