evolution analysis

-there is an equation that can predict evolutionary-survival of the fittest type change. If you take a mouse that has pressure from the environment to get bigger you can calculate, using the amount of pressure, to estimate how long(in generations of the animal) it would take for that mouse to grow to the size of an elephant. The calculation Richard was talking about actually involved pressure from the environment on the mouse to get bigger, but the pressure was very small, basically undetectable to field work, experiment, etc. The time it would take a mouse to grow to the size of an elephant is so fast, takes so few generations, maybe tens of thousands, maybe less, that the fossil records would be undetectable. In other words this animal evolved so incredibly fast that you wouldn’t be able to find fossils of intermediate species, instead you would find two animals that seem to be completely different, or at least not closely related. This phenomena explains why there are such gaps in the evolutionary fossil records, which may in fact never be filled.


About ben james

"The stars keep me up at night" -some song I heard one time Human. Studying the intersection of Neuroscience and Computation. Wanna be (astro) physicist.
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