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Listed below are some sources which refer to the things other than living things having evolved. Most make no clear distinction between origin/formation and evolution, although some do refer to both the formation and evolution, which is consistent with the formation being the start of the evolution.


Evolution of the universe

  • Evolution of the universe, Pidwirny, M. (2006). "Evolution of the Universe". Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition, at
  • Big Bang on Wikipedia describes that theory as explaining the evolution, but not the origin, of the universe (emphasis in original):

...the Big Bang theory cannot and does not provide any explanation for [the] initial condition; rather, it describes and explains the general evolution of the universe since that instant.

However, it also says that (emphasis added):

The discovery and confirmation of the cosmic microwave background radiation in 1964[29] secured the Big Bang as the best theory of the origin and evolution of the cosmos.

Evolution of galaxies

Evolution of the solar system

Explore the birth of of our solar system, from formelss clouds of gas and dust, to primordial planets, to the uniq2ue suite of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets that scientists are investigating today.

Evolution of religion

If religious beliefs and behaviors promoted survival and reproduction in our ancestral past, then they may have been favored by natural selection over human evolutionary history. This would mean that religious beliefs and behaviors are adaptive, and that religion evolved as a natural product of Darwinian selection. The “Evolution of Religion” project is dedicated to exploring this hypothesis using scientific methods from psychology and evolutionary biology.

Chemical evolution = origin of life

A third theory of life’s origin is known as chemical evolution. In this idea, pre-biological changes slowly transform simple atoms and molecules into the more complex chemicals needed to produce life. Favored by most scientists today, the central premise of chemical evolution stipulates that life arose naturally from nonlife.

(NB: The first and second theories in this article are panspermia and spontaneous generation.)
  • Chrisantha Fernandoa and Jonathan Rowe, Natural selection in chemical evolution. This paper argues that "chemical evolution can take place by natural selection".
  • The Center for Chemical Evolution was funded in 2010 with US$20 million of taxpayer money to study "chemical processes that enable the spontaneous formation of functional polymers -- such as proteins and DNA -- from much smaller and simpler starting materials".
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