Urban landscapes, where even evolution is fast-paced

cityIt is no surprise that we humans have a powerful effect on Nature. Not just the very large footprint we leave behind on the landscape, ocean life, and the atmosphere – but on life it self. As we increasingly become aware of how quickly at least some species can evolve in response to our heavy-handed pressure (certainly not all – there are plenty of extinct populations to confirm that) a new paper shows how life from fish to birds and plants is evolving in urban settings. Life and death and now evolution in the fast-paced city is, well, fast! As the authors, quoted in a recent press release say, “… Rapid evolution is occurring all around us all the time. Many of the most extreme examples of rapid evolution are associated with human influences, leading to the oft-repeated assertion that humans are ‘the world’s greatest evolutionary force.'”

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