Extinction is part of evolution, yes. Animals that cannot adapt to changing environments do not survive. Aside from ending their contribution to the tree of life, it often can have a larger impact on other animals that were affected, in some way, by the animal that went extinct. For example, an extinct predator might make it's prey explode in population and varieties.
Yes, evolution is a continuous and self-transcending process. All things are within and not outside this process. This includes extinction; this includes you, even if you lived for a thousand years. Interesting question.
Yes, extinctions can lead to other species having an opening to thrive.
When the dinosaurs left the Earth, mammals had an opportunity to take their place.
Scientists are finding that some evolutions were extremely rapid. I suspect that their model of random mutation is heavily flawed. I also suspect that when God created matter, He included an intelligence of a sort that allows a life form to find a more successful form when the environment changes.
The experiments in California on amino acids on fast collisions proved that complexity can be added by destructive collisions, thus improving the chances of life.
If environment stays relatively constant for eons, as it seemed to do for many periods, then life forms stay relatively constant. When disasters strike, life forms morph toward a more successful form. Those that are not fast enough, go extinct.
Random mutation may have some, little or no part in evolution. The molecular level "desire" to survive is likely the driving force, and life finds a way.
by jomine 7 years ago
If you are religious, in the end god will sent fire and stars and all to earth to kill almost all except a selected few who will live eternally to praise him(A CD player might have served him better though, without much hassles). As wars and associated sins are decreasing day by day(well if you...
by whonunuwho 5 years ago
Of the two species that are becoming extinct, which is the most important large species?The gradual extinction of the elephant and great whales are a tragedy, and a human tragedy, as well; which is the most important species to you?
by AKA Winston 7 years ago
Someone else asked the question: Do Christians accept evolution, and it occured to me that whether or not evolution accepts Christians would be the more relevant question. Will natural selection eliminate those too rigid in their beliefs to adapt?
by TruthDebater 7 years ago
Is there choice in evolution? Instinct for example, how does instinct change without choice? If an animals food source runs out, how does it choose a new food source it has never eaten before? If said the new food source was only determined by the environment, why do some animals choose new eating...
by Oyewole Folarin 6 years ago
What causes dinosaur extinctions?
by qwark 7 years ago
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