Monday, February 16, 2015

Ecological Adaptation

by Antonio C. Antonio
January 31, 2015

Ecological Adaptation is a theory relating certain organs of animals to specific features of the environment.  Ecological Adaptation is defined as a change or the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.  Such changes could come in physical form or a set of practices.  An example of such adaptation is the preference of upland dwellers to live in groups to make hunting and food gathering more efficient.

“The physical attributes of people has something to do with their environment.  Take the case of mountain dwellers like the Aetas for example.  They are short, stocky, have big feet, and short and muscular limbs.  These are physical traits borne out of walking on slopes.  People living along coastal communities, who are traditional fisher folks, have rough and dark skins from constant exposure to seawind and sunlight.  The rough and dark skin, however, helps them stay under the sun and exposed to strong seawind longer than people living in in-land communities.”  (“Environmental-Cultural Terms”, Antonio, 2014,

Oftentimes, adapted physical traits and practices are left unnoticed since they are very slowly acquired in a substantial period of time.  Basic adaptation of man generally refers to his environment.  And where the environment is involved cultural changes are a result of Ecological Adaptation.

Just my little thoughts…

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