OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO UNDERSTANDING EVOLUTION

Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 573-575

Why Are There Still Monkeys?

  • William Eric MeikleAffiliated withNational Center for Science Education Email author 
  • , Eugenie C. ScottAffiliated withNational Center for Science Education

Abstract

The question “If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?” reveals a widespread and persistent misconception about the process and pattern of evolution. The concept of “cousins” is central to understanding and overcoming this particular obstacle to evolution education.

Keywords

Human evolution Fossils Ancestors Relatives Concepts of evolution Teaching human evolution