Asked in BiologyCharles DarwinEvolution
Is micro evolution different than evolution?
May 27, 2011 7:23PM
Evolution is a general term meaning how species change over time.
This can be split into two groups- micro-evolution and macro-evolution.
Micro-evolution is the change within a species. For example, as humans we are slowly getting taller- however our short ancestors and ourselves were not different species.
Macro-evolution is the change between species, for example the transition from apes to humans.
The fundamental difference between these two types of evolution, other than the fact that one is between species and one is inside a species, is that micro-evolution is accepted everywhere as we can see it happening today, it also does not contradict with various creation accounts from religion. Macro-evolution on the other hand is not accepted by everyone as we cannot see it happening. It also goes against creation accounts such as the one of Genesis in which God created all the creatures as they are today- not as different oes that evolved into todays life on Earth.