Using the link (https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/misconceptions_faq.php) as a guide, explain why each of the following statements is incorrect with regards to evolutionary theory and the process of natural selection: "Humans evolved from chimpanzees, so chimpanzees should still be evolving to become more human-like"; and "Evolution is just a theory."

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The first misconception you referenced is the idea that "evolution is just a theory." The root of this misconception comes back to the meaning of the word "theory." In casual contexts, the word is often used to describe something a person has a hunch about with little evidence to support...

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The first misconception you referenced is the idea that "evolution is just a theory." The root of this misconception comes back to the meaning of the word "theory." In casual contexts, the word is often used to describe something a person has a hunch about with little evidence to support it. However, when a scientist uses the term, they mean it as something else. Scientific theories are broad explanations for a wide range of phenomena. Evolution is a scientific theory that has broad support among scientists. This support is based on evidence that supports the theory of evolution. Therefore, evolution is a theory, but to say it's "just" a theory would be improper.

The second misconception that you reference is the idea that "humans evolved from chimpanzees, so chimpanzees should still be evolving to become more human-like." However, evolution doesn't work this way. When new species evolve from older ones, think of it as a fork in the evolutionary road. The ancestors of homo sapiens went to the left and chimpanzees continued going straight. It would be incorrect to assume that all species are working towards the goal of becoming more human-like. Rather, they simply will continue evolving based on the traits that they need to be more successful at surviving in the environment they live in. Therefore, chimpanzees won't necessarily evolve into humans. They live in different environments than humans and need different traits to account for this.

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