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What is meant by "mode of existence"?

  1. Apr 1, 2016 #1
    According Zimmermann in 1953 "evolution is the transformation of the form and mode of existence" so I want want understand what is mode of existence ?
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  3. Apr 1, 2016 #2


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    Definition of mode from the OED:
  4. Apr 3, 2016 #3

    jim mcnamara

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    Or - in more commonplace terms 'change in how or where an organism "makes a living" ' -- like foraging for food at different times of the day, or developing tolerance for drier environments. The change is a genetic change in a population as well.
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