“Evolutionary adaption is not exactly something one would expect to watch in real-time. Because evolution in humans and many animals can take hundreds or even thousands of generations, researchers need to use a more rapidly evolving species as a model to track changes that might then be applied to more slowly evolving lifeforms.
Through the use of beetles as a model species, a Colorado State University-led research team has found that evolutionary adaption, either by population movement or adaption to existing habitats, can be tracked in as few as six generations. The study, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
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