It will soon be 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, a book that outlined an idea that many people today still find shocking. That all life on Earth, including human life had evolved from a common origin.
When the new Florida Science Standards became public, the vast majority of objections to them came as a result of the inclusion of Evolution. When we examine these objections we can only draw one conclusion from them. Evolution must be the best-known yet worst-understood of all scientific theories. There are already many good guides available but this one from the New Scientist seems to be the most comprehensive. So here is New Scientist’s guide to some of the most common myths and misconceptions about evolution.