Adaptations are produced through evolution by process of selection. But, I think that what you are saying is that if the original individuals were able to "adapt" without "evolving" and passing the surviving resistance genes through generations then that would simply be adaptation within an individual in the present generation to a given situation. I think I may see what you are getting at....But this type of "adaptation" would also have to have been something that would have been inherited thus it is still evolution at work (hypothetically speaking).
Some of these hypothetical silk worms would survive the temp drop and some would not. The ones that survived had to have by chance recieved genes that just so happened to give them a slight advantage and render them more resistant to the lower temperature.
~ Tad Wood ~
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