A Primer on Evolution

primer on evolution

Humans have advanced faster in the past few centuries than ever before. However, genetically and physiologically, humans remain fairly similar to the Paleolithic societies that coexisted with nature, hunting animals and gathering plants for food. So, humans have significantly advanced but have not yet significantly evolved.

Evolution is defined as “descent with modification” or “a change in the genetic composition of a population from generation to generation.” Essentially, changes that allow an organism to thrive in its environment helps it survive and produce more offspring, passing the trait on to the next generation.1 However, environments change as time progresses, and what was advantageous at one point may be disadvantageous at another.

evolutionThe evolutionary process that occurs rapidly within populations and changes genetic makeup from one generation to the next is called microevolution, while the one that occurs slowly is called macroevolution.

This distinction between human advancement and evolution is important because evolution on a biological level isn’t keeping up with the rate of human progress: big cities, food surplus, and even modern technology have only become daily parts of life in the past couple hundred years.

Understanding why the speed of current progress is significant requires a look back through evolutionary time at the events that brought humanity to where it is today—from the start of evolution into the Industrial Revolution.


By Jesse Waddell

Jesse is a writer and editor who enjoys being surrounded by the scents and relief that essential oils can provide. When he is not busy writing he can be found practicing the guitar and playing with his Yorkie named Little Terpene.

Favorite MONQ blend: Mountain

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