Evolution & Ecology: Natural selection, Gene flow, Speciation, Drift

Humans have a large impact on the environment—pollution, land use change, climate change, etc. We are just beginning to realize that we also cause evolutionary change, and the consequences of this. Ecology and evolution are strongly interconnected. What Is Evolution? Evolution can be viewed as genetic change over time or as a process of descent…

Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life

Darwin’s Five Observations More young are produced than survive Individuals vary in their characteristics Some characteristics are better than others These characteristics are inheritable Long periods of time are available Darwin’s Two Major Points Many species of organisms presently inhabiting the earth are descendants from ancestral species that were different from modern species The mechanism…

Understanding the Theories of Attraction and Mate Selection

Theory Who? Main Concepts Relationships Related Theoretical Perspective Natural Selection Evolutionary psychologists -women prefer to mate with men who would be good fathers and who would stay around to be good providers -men preferred to mate with women who could bear healthy babies who could feed their children -could apply to any given relationship; especially…