Evolution in the Laboratory Occurs Very Quickly

One approach is to compare the rates of evolution in the fossil record with those seen in laboratory experiments that used artificial selection, or with historical data on evolutionary change that occurred when species colonized new habitats in historical times. If evolution in the fossil record were much faster than in laboratory experiments or colonization events—both of which involve very strong selection—we might need to rethink whether selection could explain changes in fossils. But in fact the results are just the opposite. Philip Gingerich at the University of Michigan showed that rates of change in animal size and shape during laboratory and colonization studies are actually much faster than rates of fossil change: from 500 times faster (selection during colonizations) to nearly a million times faster (laboratory selection experiments). And even the fastest rates of evolution in the fossil record are nowhere near as fast as the slowest rates seen when humans practice selection in the laboratory. Further, the average rates of evolution seen in colonization studies are large enough to turn a mouse into the size of an elephant in just 10,000 years!


So quickly in fact that scientists could turn an elephant into a mouse in just 10,000 years.

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 Why Evolution Is True
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Coyne , Jerry A. (January 22, 2009), Why Evolution Is True, Penguin (Non-Classics), Retrieved on 2011-09-15
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