On the Origin of Species Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Darwin uses the scientific method. How does he study nature and species using this method, and what is the significance of this method?

Essay Topic 2

Darwin's theory of natural selection suggests that species adapt over time. Why do they adapt, and what is the purpose of these adaptations? What does this theory suggest that the adapting species are striving toward? What does this theory suggest about species that do not adapt?

Essay Topic 3

Darwin focuses on animals and plants when discussing natural selection. What do you think Darwin's thoughts are concerning human adaptation? Why doesn't Darwin directly apply this theory to humans?

Essay Topic 4

How would a dramatic climate change affect a species? Consider the affect of the climate becoming (a) colder and (b) warmer. Use Darwin's arguments and explanations for this essay, provide examples of how each type of change would affect a species.

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