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October 19, 2010 /  Nivea

The chaos theory of evolution

Because of the way evolution works, it is impossible to predict how a given species will respond to environmental change.

That is not to say that evolution is random – far from it. But the neat concept of adaptation to the environment driven by natural selection, as envisaged by Darwin in On the Origin of Species and now a central feature of the theory of evolution, is too simplistic. Instead, evolution is chaotic.

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