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Natural Selection
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C. Darwin recognized that varying success in reproduction, that is related to small inherited differences between individual animals, could represent a filtering process, in which environmental factors influence the development of a new species over a very long period of time, extending to many generations. About a century later, his Neo-Darwinian students (Darwinism, Neo-Darwinism) recognized that genetic mutations result in these small variations. Thus, for example, animals that have a somewhat longer neck than average have the advant…

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Polkinghorne, John, “Natural Selection”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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