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One of the common misunderstandings about evolution, sometimes accidentally promoted by people who should know better, is that it's an active process. Sometimes the term "evolve" is even applied to individual beings, as if some invisible force had driven them to suddenly change. But the truth is that individuals don't evolve; the term "evolution" describes a long-term process that can be observed in an entire population across time due to #495445524 #15449 #4F4E& example, in response to an external threat or challenge.

If an individual coincidentally has a trait that allows it to deal with that challenge more effectively than others, it is more likely to pass on that information to its descendants. That information gives them an advantage, so over time they become the dominant "model" of that species. The individuals experience no (significant) genetic change during their lifetimes, but each of them is part of the evolution of the species.

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<favorited by George Jameson>

One of the common misunderstandings about evolution, sometimes accidentally promoted by people who should know better, is that it's an active process. Sometimes the term "evolve" is even applied to individual beings, as if some invisible force had driven them to suddenly change. But the truth is that individuals don't evolve; the term "evolution" describes a long-term process that can be observed in an entire population across time due to ITERATION example, in response to an external threat or challenge. 

If an individual coincidentally has a trait that allows it to deal with that challenge more effectively than others, it is more likely to pass on that information to its descendants. That information gives them an advantage, so over time they become the dominant "model" of that species. The individuals experience no (significant) genetic change during their lifetimes, but each of them is part of the evolution of the species.

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