Re: Horns, Antlers, Tusks, and the way evolution works

Bryant (
6 Sep 1996 13:44:14 -0600

In article <>,
Len Piotrowski <> wrote:
>If there is no known physical trace for an "adaptive trait" indentifiable in
>the record, and no known fitness value for this same "trait" now, is it still
>a functional adaptation?

If there's no opportunity for comparative analysis (say, from the fossil
record) and no obvious correlates to current fitness effects, I would
probably not identify it as an adaptation.