- Abiogenesis - the hypothetical process where life spontaneously formed from organic material that had arisen from inorganic material.
- Allele - alternative forms of genes that can have the same place on homologous chromosomes and are responsible for alternative traits.
- Astrobiology - the branch of biology that investigates the existence of living organisms on other planets; similar to Exobiology.
- Australopithecine - supposed human ancestor.
- Cambrian - from 500 million to 600 million years ago; marine invertebrates.
- Chromosome - a threadlike structure in cells that carries genes.
- Cladistics - a system of biological taxonomy based on the quantitative analysis of comparative data which is used to reconstruct trees summarizing the (assumed) phylogenetic relations and evolutionary history of groups of organisms.
- Craniate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium.
- DNA - a nucleic acid consisting of large molecules shaped like a double helix; it is the genetic information and is associated with the transmission of that genetic information.
- Evolution - the theory regarding the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms.
- Exobiology - a branch of biology that examines the possibility of life existing elsewhere in the universe; similar to Astrobiology.
- Extinct - a species of life that is no longer living.
- Fossil - a relic or impression of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age.
- Gene - a self-replicating protein molecule that resides in a chromosome and is part of the DNA construction.
- Genetic - dealing with genes; a gene is a unit within chromosomes that transmits hereditary characteristics.
- Genetic Drift - the change in frequency in which a gene appears in a population, through mutation, regardless of the adaptive value of the mutation.
- Hominid - any family of two-legged primates, including man.
- Hominoid - a sub-category of primates that includes Humans (Homonids), as well as the great apes (Pongids) and the lesser apes (Hylobates).
- Hypothesis - a tentative explanation for an observation or phenomena that can be tested through experimentation.
- Invertebrate - having no backbone or spinal column.
- Macroevolution - large scale change in organisms resulting in new species, genera, families, etc.
- Mammal - a warm blooded, air breathing vertebrate organism that gives birth to live young that suckle on the milk of their mothers.
- Microevolution - small scale genetic changes in organisms through mutations resulting in slight changes in an organism.
- Morphology - the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants.
- Mutation - an organism exhibiting the result of chromosomal alteration.
- Natural selection - the process by which organisms with helpful adaptive qualities are permitted by nature to transmit their genetic information to offspring; it is also the process by which an organism with harmful qualities is removed from the environment.
- Phylogeny - the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms.
- PreCambrian - the time before 600 million years ago.
- Primate - any order of animals including man, apes, monkeys, lemurs, etc., characterized by flexible hands and feet.
- Punctuated Equilibrium - the theory that evolution occurs in huge and sudden jumps.
- Science - systemized knowledge derived through experimentation, observation, and study; also, the methodology used to acquire this knowledge.
- Singularities - a unique or peculiar feature or thing.
- Species - taxonomic group whose members can interbreed.
- Taxonomy - a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin, etc.
- Tetrapod - any vertebrate having four legs or limbs.
- Theory - a statement or set of statements used to explain a phenomena. A theory is generally accepted as valid due to having survived repeated testing.
- Vertebrate - having a backbone or spinal column.
- Zoology - the branch of science that deals with animal structures, growth, and classification.
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