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UMass Amherst- New Research on Darwin's Finches Offers Rare Glimpse Into How Species Diverge, Says UMass Amherst Biologist

Some of the latest research on Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands shows an unexpected pattern of natural selection that is allowing researchers "a rare glimpse into what the early stages of speciation might look like," and emphasizing the central role of environmental conditions, according to Jeff Podos, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Speciation refers to the way new species arise from a common ancestor. More...


11/10/08