Preface to the In the Light of Evolution Series
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Preface to the In the Light of Evolution Series

  • Author(s): Ayala, Francisco
  • Avise, John
  • Editor(s): Ayala, Francisco
  • Avise, John
  • et al.

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https://doi.org/10.17226/12931Creative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license
Abstract

Biodiversity—the genetic variety of life—is an exuberant product of the evolutionary past, a vast human-supportive resource (aesthetic, intellectual, and material) of the present, and a rich legacy to cherish and preserve for the future. Two urgent challenges, and opportunities, for 21st-century science are to gain deeper insights into the evolutionary processes that foster biotic diversity, and to translate that understanding into workable solutions for the regional and global crises that biodiversity currently faces. A grasp of evolutionary principles and processes is important in other societal arenas as well, such as education, medicine, sociology, and other applied fields including agriculture, pharmacology, and biotechnology. The ramifications of evolutionary thought also extend into learned realms traditionally reserved for philosophy and religion.

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