Evidence for contemporary evolution during Darwin's lifetime

Hart, Adam G ORCID: 0000-0002-4795-9986, Stafford, Richard, Smith, Angela L. and Goodenough, Anne E ORCID: 0000-0002-7662-6670 (2010) Evidence for contemporary evolution during Darwin's lifetime. Current Biology, 20 (3). R95. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.12.010

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Darwin’s On the Origin of Species introduced the world to the most fundamental concept in biological sciences - evolution. However, in the 150 years following publication of his seminal work, much has been made of the fact that Darwin was missing at least one crucial link in his chain of evidence – he had no evidence for contemporary evolution occurring through natural selection. Indeed, as one commentator noted on the centenary of the publication of Origin, “Had Darwin observed industrial melanism he would have seen evolution occurring not in thousands of years but in thousands of days - well within his lifetime. He would have witnessed the consummation and confirmation of his life's work”.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anne Goodenough
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 12:25
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3333

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