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Survival of the fittest is used to describe organisms beat able to obtain and utilize resources which result in the evolution of organism best adapted to their environment.

Herbert Spencer first coined the phrase in the 19th century. It is commonly misused in the application to social and economic situation in human society. In evolutionary terms survival is not enough, passing of genes during reproduction is key. Common miss use has led to biologist no longer using the term when discussion natural selection.

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