Evolution and Ecology
'Nothing in Biology Makes Any Sense Except in the Light of Evolution', so goes the title of a 1973 article written by famed biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky. And it is true. But it is to the infamous Charles Darwin that we owe a debt for first describing the simple, yet powerful, mechanism that, from the humble origins of the first cells, has produced all the wonderful diversity of species that has ever lived. Because of its implications for our own human identity, the establishment of evolution has unsurprisingly prompted more social debate than any other scientific advancement. Yet it stands as one of the landmark achievements of all human accomplishments.
In Darwin's owns words, as found in the closing statemnts of his Origin of Species: 'It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us….There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.'
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