what is the importance of study of evolution?

Asked by  | 5th Oct, 2008, 06:55: PM

Expert Answer:

Evolution is important in deciding the classification of organisms. We can work out the evolutionary relationships of the species we see around us. The taxonomy is built up on evidences from evolutionary study.

Evolution helps us to understand the process by which simple organisms developed into complex ones.

Evolution play a role in both the conservation and management of the environment.

Biogeography is also influenced by evolution.

Agriculture uses principles of evolution for breeding crops and animals.

Understanding human nature begins with understanding evolution.

A major technological application of evolution is artificial selection, which is the intentional selection of certain traits in a population of organisms. Humans have used artificial selection for thousands of years in the domestication of plants and animals. More recently, such selection has become a vital part of genetic engineering, with selectable markers such as antibiotic resistance genes being used to manipulate DNA in molecular biology. Also evolution is useful in forensic sciences.

Thus it can be seen that evolution has a great role in our day-to-day life as well as in understanding the past of the living world. Hence its study is important.

Answered by  | 5th Oct, 2008, 09:18: PM

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