What is adaptation?

  • (noun): A written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form.
    Example: "The play is an adaptation of a short novel"
    Synonyms: version
    See also — Additional definitions below

Adaptation

An adaptation in biology is a trait with a current functional role in the life history of an organism that is maintained and evolved by means of natural selection. An adaptation refers to both the current state of being adapted and to the dynamic evolutionary process that leads to the adaptation. Adaptations contribute to the fitness and survival of individuals. Organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow and develop and are equipped with an adaptive plasticity as the phenotype of traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. The developmental norm of reaction for any given trait is essential to the correction of adaptation as it affords a kind of biological insurance or resilience to varying environments.

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Some articles on adaptation:

Peter Hochachka
... Somero, he pioneered the study of biochemical adaptation to the environment and remained a world leader in this field until his death ... His work included studies of enzyme adaptation to temperature and pressure, the mechanisms underlying tolerance to low oxygen levels in animals, the ... He is the co-author, with George Somero, of Biochemical Adaptation Mechanism and Process in Physiological Evolution ...
Replay (novel) - Sequel and Possible Film Adaptations
... While Grimwood was still living it was rumored that a film adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts was in the works ... This adaptation never materialized ... The screenplay for this adaptation has been written by Jason Smilovic ...
The Master Builder - Adaptation
... The 2008 Malayalam-language Indian film Aakasha Gopuram is an adaptation of the play ... Directed by K ...
Adaptation - Function and Teleonomy - Teleonomy
... Evolution is teleonomic adaptation hoards hindsight rather than foresight ... biology Teleonomy The hypothesis that adaptations arise without the existence of a prior purpose, but by the action of natural selection on genetic variability ...
Lord Asriel - Film Adaptation
... the role of Lord Asriel in the film adaptation The Golden Compass ... was in final negotiations to play the role of Lord Asriel in the forthcoming film adaptation, with Nicole Kidman joining him as Coulter ...

More definitions of "adaptation":

  • (noun): (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light).
  • (noun): The process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions).
    Synonyms: adjustment

Famous quotes containing the word adaptation:

    In youth the human body drew me and was the object of my secret and natural dreams. But body after body has taken away from me that sensual phosphorescence which my youth delighted in. Within me is no disturbing interplay now, but only the steady currents of adaptation and of sympathy.
    Haniel Long (1888–1956)

    The real security of Christianity is to be found in its benevolent morality, in its exquisite adaptation to the human heart, in the facility with which its scheme accommodates itself to the capacity of every human intellect, in the consolation which it bears to the house of mourning, in the light with which it brightens the great mystery of the grave.
    Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859)

    Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.
    Henry Miller (1891–1980)