Evolution in Action

Evolution is a continuous process. Evolution is going on today in populations of living species and can be observed, recorded, and tested. Patterns of evolution repeat in different times and places. Interactions between species, including humans, affect their ongoing evolution.

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Each of these lizards is a member of the genus Anolis and lives on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. One species (a) dwells mainly on tree trunks and on the ground and has much longer legs than a species (b) that mostly inhabits tree branches. Another species (c) stays mainly in the grass and has a long tail.

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