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Evolution

At Hudson Valley Herpetological we spend a lot of time thinking about evolution. A controversial term, much debate surrounds evolution today in the United States. Is it a fact? Is it a theory? Can it be both simultaneously? As enthusiastic readers of Charles Darwin and studies in evolutionary biology, we've found the concept of evolution to be an enormously useful tool through which to view the world around us, and especially so as applied to the world of snake breeding. With that in mind, we've tried to provide an in-depth overview of what one famous author has called "Darwin's Dangerous Idea." Here you will find information regarding the origins of evolution as an idea, how it works, and its evolution through time, as well as some other evolution-related odds and ends.

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Evolution
  • Darwin’s Idea
  • Inheritance
  • Frequency
  • Time Scales
  • Evidence
How Evolution Works
  • Variation
  • Natural Selection
  • Fitness
  • Speciation
  • Adaptive Change
Why Evolution Matters
  • Key to Biology
  • Competition
  • Medecine
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
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Major Influences
  • Georges Cuvier
  • Jean Baptiste Lamarck
  • Charles Lyell
  • Thomas Malthus
  • Erasmus Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • Early life
  • Voyage of the Beagle
  • Collecting Evidence
  • Personal Struggles
  • On the Orgin of Species
Darwin's World
  • Victorian Culture
  • Richard Owen
  • Samuel Wilberforce
  • Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Alfred Russel Wallace
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Modern Synthesis
  • What is it?
  • Gregor Mendel
  • Theodosius Dobzhansky
  • J.B.S Haldane
  • Ernst Mayr
 
  • George Simpson
  • John Maynard Smith
  • Population Genetics
  • Evolution Biology
  • Today's "Thinkers"
Molecular Evolution
  • DNA
  • Genetic Driff
  • Mutations
  • The "Triple Helix"
  • The "Selfish Gene"

Amazing Adaptations

The simple process of evolution has produced
some mind-bogglingly complex adaptations.

Evolution in Action & Ball Pythons

The evolution of the captive population of ball pythons over the past 20 years has been astounding.

C0-Evolution

A case where two (or more) species reciprocally affect each other’s evolution.

Evo-Devo

The field of evolutionary development biology ("evo-devo") marries evolution with embryonic development.