Evolution As It Was Meant To Be — An Overview

As soon as we are willing to acknowledge the organism as a purposive agent, everything in our evolutionary theory needs to be thought differently. Among other consequences, we discover evolution to be a coherent, directional process in a manner roughly analogous to ontogeny (individual development). But this does not mean all the things that many will automatically assume.

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What if there is no genetics apart from epigenetics? 

Talbott: Not that the gene sequences are themselves mutated in the usual sense. Rather, the researchers found that various epigenetic modifications in the hippocampus alter the way the genes work (Weaver et al. 2004).

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Global commodities trade and consumption place the world’s primates at risk of extinction — ScienceDaily

A recent study highlights the fact that the economic benefits of commodity export for primate habitat countries has been limited relative to the extreme environmental costs of pollution, habitat degradation, loss of biodiversity, continued food insecurity and the threat of emerging diseases.

Source: Global commodities trade and consumption place the world’s primates at risk of extinction — ScienceDaily

The evolution of puppy dog eyes 

Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs’ facial anatomy has changed over thousands of years specifically to allow them to better communicate with humans.

Source: The evolution of puppy dog eyes — ScienceDaily

Proposal to ‘Pave Paradise’ in Galapagos Islands for US Military Airstrip Met With Criticism in Ecuador and Beyond 

“Galapagos is NOT an ‘aircraft carrier’ for gringo use.”

Source: Proposal to ‘Pave Paradise’ in Galapagos Islands for US Military Airstrip Met With Criticism in Ecuador and Beyond | Common Dreams News