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From: Jack Haas <haas.john@comcast.net>
Date: Mon Apr 07 2008 - 15:13:18 EDT
Lets see how long it takes to shoot this one down!

Darwin Was Right: Natural Selection Speeds Up Speciation


ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2008) — In the first experiment of its kind conducted in nature, a University of British Columbia evolutionary biologist has come up with strong evidence for one of Charles Darwin's cornerstone ideas -- adaptation to the environment accelerates the creation of new species.

"A single adaptive trait such as color could move a population towards the process of forming a new species, but adaptation in many traits may be required to actually complete the formation of an entirely new species," says UBC post-doctoral fellow Patrik Nosil, whose study is just published.* "The more ways a population can adapt to its unique surroundings, the more likely it will ultimately diverge into a separate species."

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