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Can we tell if a species will develop a specific character, based on the environment they're in? This is a major part of what quantitative genetics does. Or more detailedly, quantitative genetics can predict, for a population, changes in a trait given a selection pressure. First of all, for evolution to occur there must be variation in the trait you are ...


Clarification on the question The question is a little unclear and I will try to interpret it and answer it. I hope I won't fail to see your goal. quantitative vs predictive There is a big difference between quantitative and predictive. To understand the difference you might want to ask the question on Philosophy.SE. quantified vs quantifiable As ...

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