Panda Eating

Panda Jaw Evolved for Bamboo

Panda jaw evolved for bamboo, according reports in ScienceDaily and University of Turku (UTU) Press Release 9 July 2021 and Scientific Reports, 9 July 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-93808-2. When pandas eat bamboo stems they first use their premolar teeth to peel off the outer layer which contains harmful chemicals and abrasive crystals. Then they grind up […]

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Galapagos Finches

Vampire Finches Evolve

Vampire finches evolve, claim scientists and David Attenborough, according to articles in Science Alert 16 January 2021, Smithsonian News 22 January 2021 and The Conversation 15 January 2021 and New Scientist 14 January 2021.  Finches on two of the most northerly islands of the Galapagos Islands have been found to feed on the blood of […]

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Northern Quolls

Speeding Up Aussie Evolution

Speeding up Aussie evolution, according articles in Nature News 23 July 2018 and Conservation Biology, published online 13 June 2018, doi: 10.1111/cobi.13149. Ecologists are hoping the save the northern quoll from extinction by trying to “speed up evolution”.  The northern quoll is a small carnivorous marsupial, about the size of a squirrel, that lives in […]

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African Moon Moth

Moth Tails Baffle Bats

Moth tails baffle bats, claim scientists in reports in Science (AAAS) News, Science Daily 4 July 2018 and Science Advances 4 July 2018 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7428. Moth wings vary a lot in their shape. Some moths have rounded wings and others have elongated tails on their back wings.  As moths are preyed on by bats a […]

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Survival of the Whitest

Survival of the whitest, according to an article in BBC Earth News 6 November 2009. The American black bear Ursus americanus has a uniformly black coat and lives mainly in forested areas of USA and Canada. However, on two islands off Western Canada 20 to 30 percent of black bears have white coats. These bears […]

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Squished Squirrels Evolve

Squished squirrels evolve as road kill victims of “evolutionary illusions”. New Scientist 22 April 2006, p11 reported they are doing things they “evolved to do, but at the wrong time or in the wrong place.” Ecologist Joel Brown of University of Chicago, Illinois claims this explains why so many squirrels end up being squashed on […]

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Reverse Evolution in Fish

Reverse evolution in fish, claims an article in EurekAlert, 15 May 2008. Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, have studied armour plating in stickleback fish in Lake Washington. Fifty years ago the lake was very murky, due to pollution, but following a massive clean-up the lake is now much clearer. The stickleback fish […]

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Rapid Evolution of Finches

Rapid evolution of finches observed, claims evolutionary biologist David Reznick of the University of California, Riverside, commenting on a study of finch adaptation reported in Science, vol. 295, p25, 11 Jan 2002. Ecologists at Auburn University Alabama, studied two populations of house finches that had recently moved into new habitats. One group of birds moved […]

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Lizard Evolution

Lizard evolution explained, according to a report in Science vol. 304, p65, 2 April 2004. In a report entitled “How the Horned Lizard Got it Horns” biologists from Utah State University, Logan and Indiana University Bloomington, present “data from the wild, showing natural selection by loggerhead shrikes favours longer horns in the flat tailed horned […]

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Killer Ladybird Arrives in UK

Killer ladybird arrives in UK and after only six months has become a threat to Britain’s 46 milder mannered native ladybirds. The Asian Harlequin ladybird was first spotted in Britain in September 2004, and since then there have been some 200 sightings. Dr Michael Majerus (Cambridge University) has stated, “The harlequin is a deadly threat […]

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