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Adaptation??

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Wed Apr 12 23:52:45 EST 1995



On 12 Apr 1995, Lawrence Pierce wrote:

>        Just one quick question for any one with some experience in the 
> field of evolution. Does adaptation occur at the individual level or at 
> the population. I recently began achapter on evolution and am a little 
> uncertain about the answer to this question. Any qualified answers 
> welcome

Evolution acts at the level of individual organisms, not species, though 
in general, what is beneficial to an individual of a species, if 
genetically transmissible, will end up benefiting the species.  Adaption 
is an individual state.  

In some cases, you can argue that evolution takes place at the level of 
the gene.

Patrick





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