Fellow 99% Apes – Happy Evolution Day…!

Darwin's Evolution revolution changed the world forever - today is the day to celebrate!

For those who have somehow overlooked the BBC’s Charles Darwin season this year never mind, today is a day to celebrate all that is Darwinian.*

Although Darwin Day, 12th February, was the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, in 1809, today, 24th November, is the 150th anniversary of the publication of  On the Origin of Species, which so radically changed history.

On the Origin of Species identified natural selection as the key driver for evolution and undermined religious teachings and changed science forever.

This was not Darwin’s only work and following the furore that followed its publication within just a few years evolution was accepted as being the way life on earth had developed.

Although some aspects of religion (creationism), to this day, feel that evolution is a theory, no serious scientist considers anything else to be a credible explanation to the way life on earth developed. 

So, if you have a minute today just consider what Charles Darwin did for science, education and the comprehension of the world around us.

*Except Social Darwinism, that has nothing to do with Charles Darwin.

Scientists say that ‘SNP’ actually means ‘single nucleotide polymorphisms’ – they change their appearance to suit their environment!

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Genetic scientists have discovered that 'SNP' means that they have the capacity to change their appearance to fit into their latest environment!

Leading scientists have revealed that the group, generally described as the SNP, are actually capable of changing their appearance dependent on their physical environment.

This capacity for ‘single nucleotide polymorphism’ means that they can take on, through a process of potentially rapid evolution, the characteristics of their vicinity. In towns they become darker to act as camouflage to their natural predators, in coastal areas they can become yellow to blend in with sand dunes and in other areas they can take on a pink hue to represent the local political flavour.

This trait is particularly prevalent in the strain of snails called Cepaea, which can be found in most habitats in Europe, including Scotland. Genetic scientists are looking in to this ‘polymorphic’ quality of the SNP (pronounced snip) in a piece of research call the evolution megalab.

At the time of going to press no spokesperson for the SNP was available for comment as they were too busy blending into their latest environment.