Letters to the editor, March 2012
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From: Ben Turner
Sent from my iPhone
I’m answering on the off hand chance that this email was something real from a real person that didn’t get out right.Return to index of contributors
From: Lesia Noble
Knowing a friend like you would make me happy in a million ways and if ever I have to let you go I’m sure there are many things that will make us stick together I can send a pic to you directly compose me your minds
Alesia, Alesia, such a beautiful name. It sounds like the name of one of those small European principalities on the edge of the Alps. Alas, your mother tells me that you actually a 43 year old Nigerian with bad teeth and a nasty tobacco habit. Would she lie to me?Return to index of contributors
From: Neill Bartlett
Hello Richard Harter, if you’re still out there?
Can you help me with a query or question about evolution which I don’t find answered directly in your excellent site, largely because in all probability I don’t understand sufficiently yet.
I do understand about mutation as the driving force for evolution and I’m very much settled in my own mind on the question of how the world is how it is. What I’d like to ask is whether behaviour has an impact on genes and how this is traceable in biology.
Two examples for clarity’s sake –
1) 7 million years ago a primate stood to reach for the fruit at the top of the canopy; did those with a slightly longer reach prevail where food was limited and therefore pass on their genes, or did this adaptive behaviour in itself have an effect?
2) Whales have little bones on their skeleton where their back legs used to be. Did lack of usage (ie an adaptive behaviour) mean that the legs became redundant? How did this interact with their genes?
Your understanding of this would be very welcome!
Thank you for writing; my apologies for not having responded sooner.Return to index of contributors
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