• Question: if we were to evolve again what will be the next stage or are we at the end of evolution for are eviroment?

    Asked by dyaskelly to Ben, Clare, Ezzy, Mario, Sam on 15 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by rowellhayes, peters43.
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      Mario Campanelli answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      yes we are evolving, but more slowly since modern medicine allows people to live who would have died without it

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      Clare Burrage answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Evolution happens very slowly, but almost all species are still evolving to aim to be best adapted for their environment. It’s hard to predict how we will evolve in the future, especially as we don’t know how the climate on the Earth is going to change over the next hundreds and thousands of years.

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      Elizabeth Pearson answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      There are some people who say that with modern medicine and so on we are messing with evolution. Evolution works by survival of the fittest, so if your not fittest (and by that I mean most suitable to the environment of the time) you get ill, or eaten, or run over by a bus and so removed from the gene pool as they don’t have kids. What with being dead and all.

      We are still evolving, just in another direction. Different factors are becoming important as to who ends up having children, so different genes propagate other than who fastest or best at avoiding big things with sharp teeth.