Re: Defining evolution

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 00:44:46 +1000

> With all due respect, and after consulting my physical anthropologist colleague,
> I have to stand by my original definition: evolution is change in gene
> frequencies. The change may or may not lead to speciation, and may or may not
> be the result of patterned, non-random forces such as natural or sexual
> selection.

I agree. Speciation is always decided *after the fact*, and is not
therefore a good criterion for evolution.

Danny Yee.