Progress is the result of adaptation, rather than reconstruction.
The flowers show well-marked adaptation to their color and attract insects.
It is an adaptation of hide-the-thimble.
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.
They endeavoured to define aspects of vegetation in which the forms exhibited an obvious adaptation to their climatic surroundings.
The adaptation of the Pulmonata to terrestrial life has entailed little modification of the internal organization.
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.
Instinct involves inherited adaptation; intelligence, an inherited power, embodied in the higher nerve-centres, of accommodation to varying circumstances.
One of the great evils of Italian agricultural taxation is its lack of elasticity and of adaptation to local conditions.
Euthyneurous Gastropoda, probably derived from ancestral forms similar to the Tectibranchiate Opisthobranchia by adaptation to a terrestrial life.
And now occurs another device or adaptation no less marvellous than those of which mention has been made.
While Europe and probably North America were occupied by a warm temperate flora, tropical types had been driven southward, while the adaptation of others to arctic conditions had become accentuated.
Thus Asclepiadeae and Orchideae owe their extraordinary floral complexity to adaptation to insect fertilization.
The adaptation of the Gospel to the changing conditions of humanity is to-day a more pressing need than ever.