Clearer? Nah.So no, I don't believe animals adapt to their environments at all. In my view, the environment does not change the animals at all, but it is the animals that change their environment. Let me explain:
I explain extinction precisely because animals are NOT adapting to their environment in my view. Their environment changes, while they do not, so they become extinct. At least one could classically argue that the environment changes faster than the animals are capable of adapting to it.
Better would have been:
"So no, I don't believe it is the usual mode of evolution whereby animals actively adapt to their environments. In my view, the environment does not cause the animals to adapt to it necessarily. It is the animals that are able change environments as they themselves change--as needed to survive or prosper."
I hope that's clearer, and not worse ;p
First you say "it is the animals that change their environment."
Then you go on to say "...because animals are NOT adapting to their environment in my view.
So imagine my confusion. Do animals change their environment or do they fail to adapt to a changing environment?