Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Year of Darwin 9/11/2014: Competing with your own species

 Charles Darwin

"the struggle must invariably be most severe between individuals of the same species"  Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 2nd edition

This is, I believe, an overlooked or totally misunderstood aspect of natural selection. The competition is not necessarily with other species, though it may be happening, but to represent the next generation. When looking at models of natural selection, one follows allele frequency of the model organism - not what happens to other species. Now, interspecific competition is important in that the focal species may vary in their ability to compete. 


Today, since 2001, has been a terribly sad day. I don't feel an overwhelming sense of patriotism, or unity - just sadness. 

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