Evolution experiments on isolated islands - April, 2018
The Hawaiian Islands offer sun-loving tourists a chance to get away from it all in a peaceful paradise, and it is these same qualities that make the islands the perfect place to study evolution. Hawaiian fruit flies, silversword plants, and honeycreeper birds, for example, all offer particularly dramatic examples of the processes of speciation and subsequent adaptation. Last month, biologists added another organism to that list: the Hawaiian stick spider.
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