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Great question I think evolution and its derivatives are among the most misconceived and abused terms in Biology. Evolution is often seen as the driving force that pushes life to perfection. For example, what I often encounter are things along the line: "Organism A has trait X, A has been evolving for Y years, thus X is evolved into a useful and optimal ...


A couple of comments, but maybe not an answer; I think misuse is the wrong word - alternative meaning is better. 'Evolve' as a word is much older than the theory of evolution, and has its origin in the Latin evolvere: evolve (v.) 1640s, "to unfold, open out, expand," from Latin evolvere "to unroll, roll out, roll forth, unfold," especially of ...

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