Why Darwin would explore evolution in cities today

Aug 31, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
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The evidence suggests that natural forces are losing ground to the urban sprawls in shaping the course and pace of evolution, claims evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen in his book “Darwin Comes to Town.”

Schilthuizen views modern cities as “powerhouses of evolution,” where human activities are spawning new species at an unprecedented pace, notes Mail Online. Habitat fragmentation because of barriers like highways and roads in cities restricts animal movement, nudges them to give up their “wild ways,” concentrates evolution in certain areas and even leads to smarter animals.

Researchers have already documented “jaw-dropping” effects of urban adaptation on animals’ behavior, and it’s fascinating to see the emergence of a bifurcation where urban animals can outperform their rural peers, writes The Atlantic.