I need help creating a thesis and an outline on The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Darwin. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Natural selection provides answers to questions regarding animal behavior. The general notions of reproduction and survival provide answers as to why animals do the things they do and modify their behavior to adapt to their new environment. The Darwinian conclusion that people are also a product of biological evolution is scientifically proven i.e. human behavior is also explained by natural selection. Human beings are undeniably different from other species in terms of flexibility and variability of behavior, planning, consciousness and awareness, emotions, and moral sense.
In his book, “The Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin introduced the theory of natural selection and its effect on animal behavior and traits. However, there was no explicit mention of human evolution or behavior. However, it was clear from the book that Darwin believed that humans evolved to their present state, from non-human ancestors. Darwin argued that human evolution was similar to that of other animals in some respects while it is unique in other respects. He explained that the differences arose naturally from the evolution process. For example, natural selection applies to human beings just as it does when it comes to sexual reproduction. Just like their non-human ancestors, human s are subject to sexual selection of makes by females and vice versa. Darwin used the sexual selection to explain the racial differences in people (Darwin, 25). Because he failed to see any obvious survival advantages for racial differences in physical features such as physique, skin color, eyes, and body shape, he concluded that these variations resulted from differences in perceived sexual attractiveness among different races and the resultant selection of mates.
Unique characteristics of people such as flexibility and variation in behavior, moral uprightness, ethical, and religious beliefs were challenging to explain through natural selection. This raised questions over the validity of claims that humans are also subjected to the natural selection process. Understanding the evolutionary origins of the above unique traits was difficult.