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Urban habitats are driving evolution and new species

Nov 20, 2017, 6:01 AM EST
(Source: John Tann/flickr)
(Source: John Tann/flickr)

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and one of its key tenets “survival of the fittest” introduced nature’s forces, process and mechanisms that shape up life over hundreds of thousands of years.

But the timeline of this evolution could be shrinking dramatically for insects and animals exposed to modern human cities, which are spawning new species with their extreme, polluted environments, writes Futurism.

According to a new paper by biology professors Marc Johnson, of University of Toronto, and Jason Munshi-South, of Fordham University in New York, the urban pollution accelerates mutation rates, evidences of which can be noted in morphed beaks in birds, a new species of underground mosquitoes, and many more examples, notes CBC News.

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