I sent out a call via twitter yesterday:
Best (short) definition of evolution? Hard to find one that isn’t misinterpreted.
And now, there is a competition! Please go to Naturally Selected (@f1000) to see the prizes. You can submit your responses on twitter with #evo140 tag or leave your definition in comments. If you leave comments here, I will forward your entry.So why did I ask for this definition?
I was filling out a survey and can across this question:
- What do you believe regarding the origin and development of humans?
- Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years
- God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years
I’m not sure why – but the evolution definition irked me. I know, it is a government type of survey and it is hard to define evolution for everyone…plus it does answer their question. But it got me thinking…
There seems to be a lot of misconception about evolution. It is a tough concept and I’m not even sure if I fully grasp the whole idea. But a lot of people seem to think that each branch of an evolutionary tree has stopped. If it was seen as a map, the organism gets to their destination and settles. But one of the cool thing about the idea of evolution is that things are always changing. The initial twitter offerings addressed this point: Life’s innate capacity to persist in spite of environmental change (@conservbytes). @audyyy also gave us: variation + selection + reproduction = evolution
During one of my oral exams (qualifying), I was asked: what is the most evolved mammal? I’d love to hear your opinion. In the pressure of the moment, I reached for mouse due to their short cycles so they’ve had more chance to adapt to environmental pressures. Over the years, I’ve considered other answers but it always makes my head spin. Share your thoughts below!
Please help me out!
- What is the most evolved mammal? (share below)
- Share your definition of evolution on twitter with #evo140