Unpredictable Evolution in a 30-Year Study of Darwin's Finches

@article{Grant2002UnpredictableEI,
  title={Unpredictable Evolution in a 30-Year Study of Darwin's Finches},
  author={P. R. Grant and B. Grant},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={296},
  pages={707 - 711}
}
  • P. R. Grant, B. Grant
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Evolution can be predicted in the short term from a knowledge of selection and inheritance. However, in the long term evolution is unpredictable because environments, which determine the directions and magnitudes of selection coefficients, fluctuate unpredictably. These two features of evolution, the predictable and unpredictable, are demonstrated in a study of two populations of Darwin's finches on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major. From 1972 to 2001,Geospiza fortis (medium ground finch… CONTINUE READING
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