By Stephen Shuster, professor of invertebrate zoology
This month marks Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday. Once again, it is an excellent occasion to celebrate Darwin’s remarkable insights about the biological world.
Modern biology is built on Darwin’s fundamental observations of how natural selection causes populations to change. Natural selection acts when individuals vary in their ability to produce offspring.
Accordingly, inheritable traits associated with reproductive success tend to increase in frequency, whereas traits associated with inferior reproduction… Read more