Definition of industrial melanism in English:

industrial melanism

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[mass noun] Zoology
  • The prevalence of dark-coloured varieties of animals (especially moths) in industrial areas where they are better camouflaged than paler forms.
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    • A change in the direction of selective effect on a mutation is unusual, though there are some well-documented cases, such as industrial melanism in moths.
    • Recent reports exaggerate the death of industrial melanism as an exemplar of natural selection.
    • For 50 years, this interpretation of industrial melanism was just a theory, until an amateur lepidopterist went into the countryside to prove it.

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