The Role of Mutation in Evolution Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

The Role of Mutation in Evolution
A analysis of how mutation shaped and continues to shape evolutionary outcomes on Earth, particularly in humans.
# 120036 | 2,646 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2010 in Anthropology (Scientific / Medical) , Biology (Genetics)

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This paper delves into the origins of humanity, and details the role of mutation in evolution, explaining that mutations are sensitive factors in the chemistry or genes of an entity that are created in response to internal and external factors of the natural environment. The paper analyzes plant, animal and human manifestations of mutation, and concludes by exploring how the ever-enlarging size of newborn heads has affected human evolution.


Mutation's Role in Evolution
Mutation as Choice
Functions of Mutation
Mutator Gene
Mutation at the Beginning of the Human Race and its Role in Evolution

From the Paper:

"Mutation has a short history in human scientific study that dates back to roughly 1886. In this year a Dutch botanist named Hugo Marie De Vries discovered a colony of primroses isolated in a valley. Upon closer inspection, Vries discovered that some of the primroses were quite different from the others, though they had all hailed from the same seedlings. Vries then dug up the flowers and brought them back to be bred separately and together. In 1900 he had evolved genetics to a level that had already been proposed by Mendel. At roughly the same point in time in two different geographical places German Karl Erich Correns and Austrian Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg were making the same hypothesis."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Asimov, Isaac. (1989). Chronology of Science and Discover. Harper & Row, New York.
  • Babcock, Ernest B. (1918). The Role of Factor Mutations in Evolution. The American Naturalist. Vol. 52, Issue 614. pp. 116-128.
  • Genetics. (2004). Evolution Evolving. (Online). Available:
  • Ives, P.T. (1950). The Importance of Mutation Rate Genes in Evolution. Evolution, Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 236-252.
  • Shlain, Leonard. Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution. Penguin Group, New York. 2003.

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