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      The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization.

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          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.

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          Journal
          Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)
          Trends in ecology & evolution
          1872-8383
          0169-5347
          Mar 2013
          : 28
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. jnekola@unm.edu
          Article
          S0169-5347(12)00300-X
          10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001
          23290501
          Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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