Humans Are Speeding Up Evolution

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Turns out evolution isn’t always slow. Scientists in Nebraska have discovered a bird evolving right before our eyes.

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“Evolution via Roadkill”

“Cliff swallows that build nests that dangle precariously from highway overpasses have a lower chance of becoming roadkill than in years past thanks to a shorter wingspan that lets them dodge oncoming traffic.”

“Evolution Before Your Eyes”

“Darwin invoked the Latin phrase: “Natura non facit saltum,” which means, “Nature doesn’t make jumps.” What he meant is that evolution happens very gradually with lots of transitional steps along the way.”

“Where has all the road kill gone?”

“An estimated 80 million birds are killed by colliding with vehicles on U. S. roads each year [1], and millions more die annually in Europe and elsewhere.”

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26 comments

Juan Pablo Gonzalez S. V. February 3, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Its not rad… we are killing birds, its just good news that the birds were able to adapt.

Howe De Blaizes February 12, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Deer with bulging foreheads needed.

lean84 February 18, 2018 - 1:38 AM

everything we do is natural, computers are natural, plastic is natural, because we are part of nature and we cannot go beyond the laws of physics. Our brain is natural, intelligence is natural and everything that comes from it is therefore part of nature. We consider everything we create "unnatural" because a) we think of ourselves to be above nature, a dumb idea we carry from religious tradition; and b) we do not have another example of living things doing the things we do.

gabe fimbres February 18, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Life always finds a way

Jackson Smith February 22, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Go Big Red

chase February 23, 2018 - 11:47 PM

But we are natural. When we make make something, yes the thing is man made, but how does it become unnatural? At what point in the process is nature taken Out? Or does our touch cancel nature because we feel we are above it? I never understood this.

Burban Poison March 4, 2018 - 5:46 AM

There's no such thing as evolution. Also, the earth is flat, there's no global warming, and cigarettes aren't necessarily bad for you. I'd be happy to argue about any of these things as long as you like, because if you're doing that you're not asking questions about the tax bill.

By the way, the minority party is about to repeal the second amendment… Better go buy some guns, y'all! Ain't nobody gonna abort your baby and make him into stem cells if you's got a shotgun! Don't let the lizard people win! Down with the news!

ursaltydog April 5, 2018 - 6:15 AM

First.. what made those particular swallows choose manmade structures over natural cliffs in the area? So.. yes we're affecting their evolution and they're increasing their own survival rates.. However, they choose to be near us.. egardless of the shaking of the structures and wind currents from traffic below and above.. cooler temperatures known to circulate below bridges/overpasses..

zaky bara April 5, 2018 - 3:23 PM

We all living in a matrix and the birds just got a update

Carrington Miles April 12, 2018 - 8:12 AM

Humans are speeding up evolution but killing the planet. Doesn't make sense.

Stephen Patterson May 4, 2018 - 4:57 AM

seriously, someone's been smoking too much shit.

Charles Davidson May 7, 2018 - 4:29 AM

Any change in environment is just that, change in environment. Highways and highway bridges are made by us, sure. But they are of the environment, just as we are of the environment.

Peng Roo May 22, 2018 - 4:44 PM

I do my experiment.

Evans Sarker May 26, 2018 - 3:30 AM

Shoutouts to Marylanders!

Mike M May 31, 2018 - 6:50 AM

really more like the gene pool for longer wing spans was wiped out

Estêvão Suzuki July 12, 2018 - 8:29 AM

It is natural selection because it's not intentional. In order for anything to be artificial human intention is required.

Kent Coleman November 21, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Just sounds like natural selection

Yam Jam June 25, 2019 - 9:22 PM

BIN CHICKEN

Return 2 Innocence August 28, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Truely amazing so perhaps everything can adapt/evolve quicker than we thought including us…the real Revolution is the evolution of consciousness 🌈 xxxxxxxxxxx

rstevewarmorycom October 15, 2019 - 2:45 AM

They have also seen that bird kill from windows are down and now those from wind turbines are ALSO falling. They are evolving to avoid both!!

Arif Arıkan April 6, 2020 - 5:01 AM

The thing is trees are changed evolution and killed more than %98 percent of worlds population but nobady cared I think this is natural.

CephalonSadistic May 6, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Separating ourselves from the natural world by name is how we have grown to harm it so much. We forget we are just as much a part of and responsible for what we do too the environment and become desensitized to our actions. We are natural, that cannot be disputed. But from a moral/philosophical standpoint we are wholly unnatural, because we take the world we were born into and willingly destroy it or ignore its destruction for temporary gain.

CephalonSadistic May 6, 2020 - 6:54 PM

The human is natural and part of the ecosystem, easy statement, but i dont think the cars are.

HV June 5, 2020 - 12:04 PM

This is natural however, this is just us living our lives that forces selective pressure upon animals. Just like how we became more intelligent than any other animal because we used it to defend against predators.

Wyler Elisabeth July 29, 2020 - 11:41 PM

We speed up their evolution by killing them with our own trash and selfish comfortable life XD

James Aron July 10, 2021 - 2:02 AM

'Artificial' is an artificial construct. Humans are as much a part of nature as the swallows or any other living organism on this planet. We're causing changes in the environment inducing novel adaptations in existing species through evolutionary pressures the way any environmental changes would, whether it be geological, climatological or biological changes. Humans are causing the deaths of birds as if a new 'predator' entered their ecosystem and are being selected for better adaptation thereto. Hence, shorter wingspans are passed on to future generations in higher numbers from a higher survival rate, i.e., longer life expectancy leading to more future shorter wingspan generations.