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Unnatural selection

Fishing and hunting by humans are the main causes of mortality in many populations of wild animals. The consequence is that large and rapid changes occur in certain characteristics that far exceed changes due to other agents.

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Figure 1: Genetic (evolutionary) and plastic (ecological) responses to mortality from human harvesting and natural forces.

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Stenseth, N., Dunlop, E. Unnatural selection. Nature 457, 803–804 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/457803a

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