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Evolution not as unpredictable as thought, study says
Evolution not as unpredictable as thought, study says

Say you could hop into a DeLorean and travel back to when life on Earth began.  Would fish migrate from water to land? Would the dinosaurs go extinct? At the end of our trip, would we still encounter life as we now know it? Some scientists don’t think so.  They argue that any number of chance events — storms and earthquakes, for example — would steer evolution down another course, making it impossible to predict. But a study published Tuesday in Science has found that if we know the ecology of an area, we can predict the traits a species will evolve millions of years from now, despite all the chance events that could influence the outcome. While most...

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