Evolution and Genetics: The Modern Theory of Evolution

Evolution and Genetics: The Modern Theory of Evolution

Evolution and Genetics: The Modern Theory of Evolution

Evolution and Genetics: The Modern Theory of Evolution

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The human species, in a remarkable manner, has become the dominant species on the earth. Man's range has expanded explosively out of the tropics, and as he has gained mastery over his competitors, his parasites, and his environment, human numbers have increased at an accelerating pace. These biological facts are of primary significance in the world of today. To understand them requires an understanding of the evolutionary forces that have been at work in the past and continue to work at present.

The study of evolution received its major impetus just over a century ago with the publication of Darwin Origin of Species in 1859. Since then, great progress has been made in biology. Knowledge has accumulated so rapidly that the field has splintered into a number of subdisciplines. As specialization has increased, the need for a unifying principle in biology has grown. The most notable success in tying together the many . . .

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