What’s more, we now know that evolution is occurring within our own species.
And that means it’s more likely that these changes will be good news for us.
“Evolution is the next big thing in the world,” said Michael Ruhl, professor of genetics at the University of Michigan and co-author of a study that was published in Nature.
“The bigger the changes are, the better it will be.”
“It’s not going to be a sudden shift, and there will be lots of good reasons for it, but we are going to have to wait for a bit longer,” said Ruhling.
“We are on the cusp of a really significant evolution that will bring us to a point where we can be really sure of what the next 20 to 30 years will be like.”
In the study, Ruhlin, along with fellow co-authors David A. Zampese, Ph.
D., and Mark D. Weisman, Ph,D., examined the genetic structure of a group of closely related species, called the red deer, and the evolution of red deer genes over time.
The researchers analyzed the genomes of a small number of red dinos from three populations, one in the central U.S., one in Idaho, and one in Mexico.
These red deer were isolated from their parent populations in the mid-20th century, and they were then genetically tested for their evolutionary history.
In addition, the researchers compared the genomes from these populations to the genomes in a variety of other red deer populations from around the world.
“There are no genes that are completely unique to any of the red dino species,” said Zampes.
“They are all part of the same species.”
The red deer have three common red genes, called X, Y and R, and two additional X and Y genes that can be expressed in a range of tissues, including bone and connective tissue.
The red dinosaurs had six red genes (X, Y, G and T) and four X and T genes (R, T and E).
Zampes and Ruhls team used the results of their analysis to create a model of red-dinosaur evolution that included a few key features.
First, they determined that red dini are most closely related to each other.
In other words, they have a common ancestor.
Second, the evolution that produced the red genes in red deer has been consistent across all of the species of reddinos that have existed for the last two million years.
Third, these red genes are expressed in tissues that are critical for red deer reproduction, including muscle, fat, and blood.
And fourth, red dins are all over the place, so there is no genetic basis for the red gene in a specific part of a species.
Zamps and Ruels study also showed that red deer genetic diversity increases over time, even though their genomes have only been studied for two million year.
“This is the first time that we have been able to examine genetic diversity among populations that are closely related,” said Mark Weisman.
“These findings are very encouraging because they are the first evidence that reddino diversity is being maintained in different populations over time.”
To find out more about red dinis and the red mutation theory, go to the New York Times website.