Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Year of Darwin 11/06/2014: the trade off... before there were trade offs

 Charles Darwin

"natural selection is continually trying to economise in every part of the organisation. If under changed conditions of life a structure before useful becomes less useful, any diminution, however slight, in its development, will be seized on by natural selection, for it will profit the individual not to have its nutriment wasted in building up an useless structure." Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 1st edition (on Kindle)

Life history trade offs are well known in evolutionary ecology but here Darwin was discussing correlated structures. I'm a bit skeptical that ATP's are such in short supply that we would find strong evidence to support Darwin but I am speaking from complete ignorance. 

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