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Survival

survival

1. A living or continuing longer than, or beyond the existence of, another person, thing, or event; an outliving.

2. Any habit, usage, or belief, remaining from ancient times, the origin of which is often unknown, or imperfectly known. The close bearing of the doctrine of survival on the study of manners and customs. (Tylor) Survival of the fittest.

(Science: biology) See natural selection, under natural.

Origin: From Survive. A natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment.


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Re: Why do Africans have large noses and lips?

... know the answer to this specific question, but we do know some things about how genes are linked on DNA. Sometimes a trait that is helpful for survival is very closely associated with another trait on the DNA strand. So when natural selection keeps trait A in the gene pool as advantageous, ...

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by anneland
Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Why do Africans have large noses and lips?
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Re: Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment

From Maniguet, Xavier; SURVIVAL, HOW TO PREVAIL IN HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS; BARNES & NOBLE BOOKS; NEW YORK, NY; 1994; p031 Man may be considered a tropical animal because when he is naked and unprotected, the temperature of his surroundings ...

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by Gannet
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

Yesterday while I was further researching this question found this website which explains prey survival strategies from becoming dinner http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/behavior-under-risk-how-animals-avoid-becoming-23646978 My only issue with ...

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by Gannet
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Views: 3927

Evolution or De-evolution?

... for several reasons: 1. First there is no direct experimental molecular evidence of gene gain in bacteria. 2. From biochemical standpoint, survival of the species is better optimized in bacteria. Being multicellular is an evolutionary disadvantage when it comes to survival. 3. Most archeological ...

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by Cat
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:47 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution or De-evolution?
Replies: 52
Views: 30625

Re: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

... the slightest change of view could be death. We have the same brain today. Visual motion triggers an acute stress response. This response is a 'survival mechanism' which is given priority over the rest of the body functions. The emotions are tied into this response. Studies tie Television watching ...

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by wript
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:51 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 45
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