Issue compiled and edited by Kiyoko M. Gotanda, Andrew P. Hendry and Erik I. Svensson
Twenty-five years ago, science and society’s view of the pace of evolution was not that different from the one famously espoused by Darwin more than 100 years previously: “we see nothing of these slow changes in progress, until the hand of time has marked the long lapse of ages...”. Now, however, we have a completely different view: rapid evolution is occurring all around us all the time. This change in perspective has led to a series of revolutions in the way humans view and practice medicine, agriculture, resource management, and conservation. Many of the most extreme examples of rapid evolution are associated with human influences, leading to the oft-repeated assertion that humans are “the world’s greatest evolutionary force.”
In this theme issue, we review the current state of knowledge and provide empirical evidence regarding how humans cause evolutionary changes in other organisms. This need is particularly pressing given the expectation of a continuing increase in human-modified environments because the evolutionary responses of organisms will shape the future of biodiversity and the services it provides for humans and other organisms.
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