Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Year of Darwin 10/2/2014:The breadth of natural selection

 Charles Darwin

"Nature, if I may be allowed to personify the natural preservation or survival of the fittest, cares nothing for appearances, except in so far as they are useful to any being. She can act on every internal organ, on every shade of constitutional differences, on the whole machinery of life." Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 2nd edition

The "machinery of life" would make for an excellent introductory biology text title. 

Here Darwin is describing the breadth of natural selection. Nothing about an animal or plant is off limits to nature's scrutiny. 

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