Human predators outpace other agents of trait change in the wild.

  title={Human predators outpace other agents of trait change in the wild.},
  author={Chris T Darimont and Stephanie M. Carlson and Michael T. Kinnison and Paul C Paquet and Thomas Edward Reimchen and Christopher C. Wilmers},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={106 3},
The observable traits of wild populations are continually shaped and reshaped by the environment and numerous agents of natural selection, including predators. In stark contrast with most predators, humans now typically exploit high proportions of prey populations and target large, reproductive-aged adults. Consequently, organisms subject to consistent and strong 'harvest selection' by fishers, hunters, and plant harvesters may be expected to show particularly rapid and dramatic changes in… CONTINUE READING
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