Thursday, 24 February 2011

Are We Still Evolving?

A quick heads-up for next Tuesday's Horizon program (21:00 on BBC Two).
  • Dr Alice Roberts asks one of the great questions about our species: are we still evolving?

    There's no doubt that we're a product of millions of years of evolution.But thanks to modern technology and medicine, did we escape Darwin's law of the survival of the fittest?

    Alice follows a trail of clues from ancient human bones, to studies of remarkable people living in the most inhospitable parts of the planet, to the frontiers of genetic research to discover if we are still evolving - and where we might be heading.
It will also be available on iPlayer.

Note:  The term "Survival of the Fittest" was NOT Darwin's.  It was actually coined by British philosopher Herbert Spencer.  Darwin interpreted it as "better adapted for the immediate, local environment", whereas we generally interpret it as "in the best physical shape".

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