Progress is the result of adaptation, rather than reconstruction.
The short feet of the penguins are an adaptation.
The flowers show well-marked adaptation to their color and attract insects.
It is an adaptation of hide-the-thimble.
Continued existence implies perpetual adaptation to new conditions, and, as the adjustment becomes more refined, the corresponding structural organization becomes more elaborate.
In each of the three cases there is adaptation, but the amount of adaptation differs in each case according to local circumstances.
The early Christian agape admitted of adaptation to the older funeral and sacrificial feasts, and was so adapted.
The adaptation of the Pulmonata to terrestrial life has entailed little modification of the internal organization.
They endeavoured to define aspects of vegetation in which the forms exhibited an obvious adaptation to their climatic surroundings.
The adaptation of the Gospel to the changing conditions of humanity is to-day a more pressing need than ever.
One of the great evils of Italian agricultural taxation is its lack of elasticity and of adaptation to local conditions.
In endeavouring to trace the causation of adaptation, it is obvious that it must be due quite as much to properties inherent in the plant as to the action of external conditions; the plant must possess adaptive capacity.
Thus Asclepiadeae and Orchideae owe their extraordinary floral complexity to adaptation to insect fertilization.
And now occurs another device or adaptation no less marvellous than those of which mention has been made.
In Ireland the Norman was more purely a conqueror than anywhere else; but in Ireland his power of adaptation caused him to sink in a way in which he sank nowhere else.
The habits of certain other spiders suggest the origin of the perfect adaptation to aquatic conditions exhibited by Desis and Argyroneta.