Misconceptions aboutEvolution and the Mechanismsof Evolution
Adapted fromUnderstanding Evolution, awebsite developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology withsupport provided by the National ScienceFoundation and the Howard Hughes MedicalInstitute
Unfortunately, people havemisconceptions about evolution
Some are simplemisunderstandings
Some are ideas thatdevelop in the course of learning about evolution,possibly from schoolexperiences and/or from themedia.
Other misconceptions maystem from purposefulattempts to interfere withthe teaching of evolution.
Evolution and How it Works
Misconceptions are unfortunately verycommon.
Most of these misunderstandings have to dowith assumptions that evolution proceeds in aparticular direction or that individual livingthings can choose to adapt.