Adaptation FAQs:

Q: Is adaptation an observable fact of life accepted by philosophers and natural historians from ancient times?

A: Yes, and independently of their views on evolution, but their explanations differed.

Q: Is adaptation primarily a process rather than a physical form or part of a body?

A: Yes.

Q: Is adaptation a genetic tracking process?

A: Yes, and which goes on all the time to some extent, but especially when the population cannot or does not move to another, less hostile area.

Q: Is adaptation not just a matter of visible traits: in such parasites critical adaptations take place in the life cycle?

A: Yes, and which is often quite complex.

Q: Are adaptations physical features of an organism?

A: Yes, Behavioral adaptations are inherited behavior chains and the ability to learn.

Q: Was adaptation a retrospective concept since it implied something about the history of a trait?

A: Yes, and whereas fitness predicts a trait's future.

Q: Is adaptation never finally complete?

A: Yes.

Q: Is adaptation obviously purposeful: natural selection chooses what works and eliminates what does not?

A: Yes.

Q: Is adaptation not always a simple matter where the ideal phenotype evolves for a given external environment?

A: Yes.

Q: Was adaptation interpreted as the work of a deity and as evidence for the existence of God?

A: Yes.

Q: Is adaptation the evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes better able to live in its habitat or habitats?

A: Yes.

Q: Is adaptation one of the two main processes that explain the observed diversity of species?

A: Yes, such as the different species of Darwin's finches.

Q: Are adaptations termed vestigial?

A: Yes.

Q: Is adaptation the heart and soul of evolution?

A: Yes.

Q: Was adaptation seen as a fixed relationship between an organism and its habitat?

A: Yes.