Much of modernity is an indirect consequence of artificial selection. The plow has come to symbolize the Neolithic Revolution, however viewing history in the mild of evolution we see that it was intelligently designed changes to the genetic composition of natural biota that made the true tools. In some sense, Neolithic farmers have been the primary geneticists and home agriculture was the lever with which they moved the world. Artificial choice is unique in that, because the name suggests, it is wholly unnatural. That insight appears at first trivial, but reflection reveals just how extraordinary and elementary artificial choice has been to human success as a species. It was no more than 12,000 years in the past that humankind began to consciously harness the 4-billion-12 months evolutionary patrimony of life on Earth.
Controlled breeding quantities to prezygotic choice, a critical component to domestication . However, an animal merely bred in … Read More