Rapid adaptation (sans mutations theory?)

Science 12 July 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6142 pp. 130-131 DOI: 10.1126/science.1239702

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Adaptation, Fast and Endless by Jordi Bascompte

Relentless Evolution by John N. Thompson University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2013. 509 pp. $100, £70. ISBN 9780226018614. Paper, $35, £24.50. ISBN 9780226018751.

Excerpt: Drawing on evidence from various approaches and many case studies, Thompson argues that adaptive evolution is pervasive, unflagging, and often surprisingly rapid.

My  Comment to the Science site:

Re: “Thompson felt he was racing to produce a timely account of our current understanding of adaptive evolution.”

I recognize that feeling as one that drove me to publish “Nutrient-dependent / pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model” in Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology last month.

Re: Is there still anyone who thinks that evolution always proceeds slowly?”

Last month Masatoshi Nei published “Mutation-driven evolution“.

However, earlier this year, companion papers by Kamberov et al., and Grossman et al., exemplified adaptive evolution in a human population that arose in what is now central China during the past ~30,000 years. A single base change led to an amino acid substitution associated with the thermodynamics of de novo gene creation, phenotypic characteristics, organism-level thermoregulation, and selection for reproductive fitness. If the amino acid substitution is nutrient-dependent and selection for reproductive fitness is pheromone-controlled, the evolutionary time frame has probably shifted to incorporate what’s already known about corresponding changes in climate, diet, culture and disappearance of the Neanderthals in less than the time it would probably take to mutate a new species into existence.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society