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Author Topic: could people in less deleveloped countries evolve at a quicker rate  (Read 1215 times)

Offline allaboutthestars

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Ok, I've had a thought could people in less developed countries than us over millions of years evolve into people/something stronger and better than us in more developed countries now since they would gain a lot of adaptions which make them tougher and able to live in rougher conditions ? So say there was a lack of water and they had adapted, to be able to survive drinking dirty, bacteria filled water they would actually survive not us in more developed countries, as we are already probably alot less immune to stuff like that ? so would evolve at a slower rate.

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Re: could people in less deleveloped countries evolve at a quicker rate
« Reply #1 on: 07 February, 2012, 08:09:49 AM »
I don't think the rate of evolution would change, but it's not impossible that there would be differences in how each evolves.
From a 'human' standpoint, survival of the fittest could perhaps be seen as cruel, but it's what nature's all about.

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Re: could people in less deleveloped countries evolve at a quicker rate
« Reply #2 on: 07 February, 2012, 09:17:13 AM »
It's arguable that with all the medical advances making it easier for what nature may class as "undesirable" genetic mutations to thrive, those in the developed world are perhaps evolving backwards, or at least breeding bad traits into the gene pool.

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Re: could people in less deleveloped countries evolve at a quicker rate
« Reply #3 on: 07 February, 2012, 09:32:09 AM »
In general the life expectancy is much higher in countries where the food supply is adequate and and hygiene is good. However, your proposition could be realised to some extent in the event of a worldwide epidemic illness where it is possible that the population of poor countries could have more natural immunisation.

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Re: could people in less deleveloped countries evolve at a quicker rate
« Reply #4 on: 07 February, 2012, 10:00:20 AM »
In general the life expectancy is much higher in countries where the food supply is adequate and and hygiene is good. However, your proposition could be realised to some extent in the event of a worldwide epidemic illness where it is possible that the population of poor countries could have more natural immunisation.
An interesting proposition considering that  AIDS is generally accepted as originating in just such a less developed country, the subject of the original question. Indeed this disease is threatening the very survival of some communities in Africa.
« Last Edit: 07 February, 2012, 10:53:40 AM by antonymous »
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