How animals and plants are evolving in cities | Menno Schilthuizen

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In cities, evolution occurs constantly, as countless plants, animals and insects adapt to human-made habitats in spectacular ways. Evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen calls on peculiar beings such as fast food-loving mice and self-cooling snails to illustrate the ever-transforming wonders of urban wildlife — and explains how you can observe this phenomenon in real-time, thanks to a global network of enthusiastic citizen scientists.

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  1. Citizen science is the voluntary involvement of the public in scientific research. Citizen scientists can help design experiments, collect data, analyze results, and solve problems. Their work helps professional scientists and resource managers understand parks. Their data help solve real problems and answer real questions. In a nutshell, citizen science is science.

    Citizenship in ancient Rome (Latin: civitas) was a privileged political and legal status afforded to free individuals with respect to laws, property, and governance.. A male Roman citizen enjoyed a wide range of privileges and protections defined in detail by the Roman state. A citizen could, under certain exceptional circumstances, be deprived of his citizenship.

    Citizenship in the Early Republic. After the collapse of the old monarchy and the foundation of the Republic, the control of Roman government was restricted to a handful of great families – the patricians, a word derived from patres or 'fathers'. The remaining residents/citizens were called plebians, representing the poor as well as many of the city's wealthy.

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  2. If this " modern " type of visible evolution is so prevalent, maybe that's the way it has always been ? Humans are just another contributing factor, just like all other contributing factors have been for billions of years. Maybe quick adaption is the norm and we just haven't noticed it until we actually started looking at it.

  3. coming to listen in brakes between class!
    honestly thinking the time i spend on TED is more worth than the time i spend on online school)))

  4. Again, Adaptions not evolution. The mouse is still a mouse just able to change its diet due to access, the snell is still a snell just able to change shell color due to temperature, and the pigeon is still a pigeon. These remarkable changes are fascinating, but only how they adapted to their environment not evolved into a different species. Very cool video.

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