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The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization

February 26, 2013

Two interacting forces influence all populations: the Malthusian dynamic of exponential growth until resource limits are reached, and the Darwinian dynamic of innovation and adaptation to circumvent these limits through biological and/or cultural evolution. The specific manifestations of these forces in modern human society provide an important context for determining how humans can establish a sustainable relationship with the finite Earth.

Publication Year 2013
Title The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001
Authors Jeffrey C. Nekola, Craig D. Allen, James H. Brown, Joseph R. Burger, Ana D. Davidson, Trevor S. Fristoe, Marcus J. Hamilton, Sean T. Hammond, Astrid Kodric-Brown, Norman Mercado-Silva, Jordan G. Okie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Index ID 70044056
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center