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Adaptive trait

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noun, plural: adaptive traits

A genetic trait that helps an organism to maximize its reproductive success.


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For example, in hummingbirds, a long bill can be an adaptive trait since it is both heritable and adaptive. And for over a long time, more and more hummingbirds possess a long bill since it maximizes the reproductive success of these birds.


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... I'm using the term "function" loosely such that it includes adaptive and maladptive "functions". Yes the sperm will fertilize ... benefiting the individual. Furthermore, it's always possible for a trait that benefits individuals to ultimately harm the group or even the ...

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Re: Am I the Next Step in Human Evolution?

... Being taller is irrelevant. Someone shorter than you can be more adaptive, and therefore you are maldaptive and inferior. Having more of something ... me apart, and I'm really just curious if it has any ties to the other traits I've mentioned. I wasn't trying to say that I'm better I was just ...

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by IamAnAlien
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:28 am
 
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by ChesneMD
Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
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Evolution questions

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by Ryosuke
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:21 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution questions
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Blind faith

You could make a case for blind faith being an adaptive trait - to get kids to do what you want, to organize group performance, to do lots of useful human ...

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by Darby
Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:02 pm
 
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Topic: Blind faith
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