Industrial Melanism in the Peppered Moth, Biston betularia: An Excellent Teaching Example of Darwinian Evolution in Action

@article{Majerus2008IndustrialMI,
  title={Industrial Melanism in the Peppered Moth, Biston betularia: An Excellent Teaching Example of Darwinian Evolution in Action},
  author={Michael E. N. Majerus},
  journal={Evolution: Education and Outreach},
  year={2008},
  volume={2},
  pages={63-74}
}
  • M. Majerus
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Sociology
  • Evolution: Education and Outreach
The case of industrial melanism in the peppered moth has been used as a teaching example of Darwinian natural selection in action for half a century. However, over the last decade, this case has come under attack from those who oppose Darwinian evolution. Here, the main elements of the case are outlined and the reasons that the peppered moth case became the most cited example of Darwinian evolution in action are described. Four categories of criticism of the case are then evaluated. Criticisms… Expand

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