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  1. #1 Survival's Real Battle??? 
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    I'm no expert on this stuff and don't know why this subject popped into my mind today.......Remember reading about this in a Dawkins book. Something about animals evolving not to outwit or out maneuver prey but to be better adapted than others of their own species. If I use a cheetah for example, a cat faster than the slowest of the species in all likelihood gives the quicker animal a better chance of surviving and distributing its genes. Is there a scientific term for this?

    Obviously the evolutionary arms race never stops.but while that's happening I think there's reason to believe a survivor will be better equipped than the worst equipped of their species. I'd like to hear some opinion on whether evolution has more to do with an arms race or with the species itself evolving through elimination of its worst equipped individuals. I'm thinking the latter since it's not exclusive to prey/predator and shouldn't every living species put their best forward in order to survive. Is the real evolutionary survival battle between members of same species?

    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    Do you mean the Red Queen hypothesis where species have to run faster and faster just to stand still?

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