Letters from the September 3, 2005, issue of Science News

By Science News, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

Pick of the crop

"Honey, We Shrank the Snow Lotus: Picking big plants reduces species' height" (SN: 7/9/05, p. 20) suggests that the change is an evolutionary process. However, this and the other examples given are all more selective breeding than natural selection. In this case, organisms with undesirable characteristics (smaller size) are overrepresented during reproduction as the result of removing the larger organisms from the breeding population.

Robert Ardrey
Prescott, Ariz

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