Statement on Evolution

Statement on evolution by the Society for the Study of Evolution   
"Evolution" refers both to a set of scientific facts and to a theory explaining such facts. "Evolution" refers to the scientific fact that biological organisms have changed through time, and that all life, including humanity, has descended with modification from common ancestors. Evolution is as well documented as are other currently accepted scientific facts. The theory of evolution is a comprehensive and well-established scientific explanation, based on natural processes, of the fact of biological evolution.

Statement on the teaching of evolution by the Society for the Study of Evolution
Evolutionary theory should be taught in public schools because it is one of the most important scientific theories ever generated, and because it is the accepted scientific explanation for the diversity of life. As a scientific theory, it is testable and has been extensively tested. As stated by the great geneticist and evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." The theory of evolution is subject to refinements and revisions, but this is no different from any other major scientific theory, such as those providing the explanatory frameworks of geology, physics, or chemistry. There is no pedagogical or scientific reason to treat evolutionary theory any differently than any other well-accepted scientific theory, and it should be taught in public schools as the firmly established, accepted unifying scientific principle that it is.     

Statements by other scientific societies

The American Society of Naturalists
National Academy of Science
Botanical Society of America
National Science Teachers Association
History of Science Society
European Society for Evolutionary Biology
American Institute of Physics
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Society for Neuroscience
American Geological Institute
Australasian Evolution Society

See also

American Anthropological Association
Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
Australian Academy of Science

Biophysical Society
Genetics Society of America

Ecological Society of America
National Science Teachers Association
North American Benthological Society
Society for Organic Petrology

Evolution Societies
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution | Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution | European Society for Evolutionary Biology | Sociedad Española de Biología Evolutiva | Association pour l'Etude de l'Evolution Biologique | Societa' Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica | Australasian Evolution Society | Biologia Evolutiva em Portugal | International Organization of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology | Verband deutscher Biologen | Fachgruppe Evolutionsbiologie der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft

American Society of Naturalists | European society for Evolutionary Developmental biology | Linnean Society | Ecological Genetics Group | Human Behavior and Evolution Society | Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology | International Society for Evolutionary Protistology | International Society for Behavioral Ecology

Genetics Society | Genetics Society of America | American Genetic Association | Genetics Society of Canada | Genetics Society of Australia | Sociedade Brasileira de Genética

Paleontology and Geology
Paleontological Society | Society of Vertebrate Paleontology | Geological Society of America | Paläontologische Gesellschaft

Society of Systematic Biologists | Society of Systematic Botanists | Systematics Association | Société Française de Systématique | Swiss Systematics Society | Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik | Polish Taxonomical Society | Systematics Association of New Zealand | Society of Australian Systematic Botanists | Bay Area Biosystematists | Willi Hennig Society | Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik

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