Overfishing Linked to Rapid Evolution of Codfish

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 15:23 in Paleontology & Archaeology

The overfishing of codfish spanning the second half of the 20th century indicates that human action can force evolutionary changes more quickly than widely believed, according to a Rutgers-led study. Published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, a report by scientists offers the first genomic evidence that Atlantic cod evolved new traits over only decades during a period of overfishing - evolutionary changes that scientists formerly believed could take millions of years.

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