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Evolution is central to our understanding of Biology. It seeks to explain how life on earth originated and diversified. Evolution as an historical record explains the pattern of relationships among species: the tree of life. It is also concerned with the processes that drive the origins of adaptations, in ecological, behavioural and molecular settings.

Evolution is dependent on the existence of genetic variation, so new developments in molecular genetics have revolutionised this field over the last 10 or 20 years.

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