Re: Popular evolutionary hypothesis fails

Susan B (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 19:54:42 -0500 (CDT)

At 08:30 PM 10/11/99 +0800, you wrote:
>On Fri, 8 Oct 1999 09:52:04 -0600, Susan Brassfield wrote:
>SB>It is to the advantage of the species to *not* be perfectly adapted to its
>>environment. The Giant Pandas and the Koalas are cases in point. They can
>>only eat one kind of food.

Steve Jones:
>"The diet was formerly considered to be restricted to the leaves of a few
>species of Eucalyptus but is now known to include many species of that
>genus and also the foliage of other trees. Koalas excrete glucuronic acid in
>high quantities in their urine and this is apparently connected with the
>detoxification of the oils contained in Eucalyptus leaves." (Sharman G.B.,
>"Koala", Encyclopedia of the Animal World", [1977], Bay Books: Sydney,
>Australia, Vol. 12, 1982, reprint, p1058)

Thanks! I hadn't heard this. Are they still endangered?

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