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#16 - Biologists agree that human beings evolved from a fish

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I have a question regarding answer choice (D). Assumptions are unstated premises, but this in case, the statement in question is explicitly stated in the stimulus. How can this be an assumption? Thanks!
Emily Haney-Caron
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Hi rpark,

This is an excellent question. An assumption when we're diagramming a LR stimulus is, as you said, something unstated. In the broader meaning, though, an assumption is something a person believes without having or sharing definite evidence proving that fact. The proposition in question is stated in the stimulus, we don't have any evidence or proof for it, we just know that it's the starting place of both groups of scientists. I hope that helps!