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Old 12-21-03, 10:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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"Specifically if we could force evolution."

Yes. Humans can cause what is called "artificial selection" also called BREEDING. This is a human guided selection similair to Darwinian natural selection except that humans select the traits that they want to see in their animals instead of the environment selecting the most fit specimens. We have been doing this since the dawn of civilization. Domestic plants, dogs, cats and horses are a perfect example. Remember evolution is defined as a change in the allele (gene) frequency within a population over a period of time. If all of the breeds of domestic dogs were released into one breeding pool (thus relieving human selection pressures) these animals would probably all eventually revert to a single "wild dog" like appearance similair to what is seen in many urban areas of third world countries.
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