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Dr. Shai Meiri of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology says "yes," they are a product of evolution, but nothing more than one would expect to see by "chance," citing research that shows there's nothing extraordinary about evolutionary processes on islands. He and his colleagues have conducted a number of scientific studies comparing evolutionary patterns of island and mainland ecosystems, and the results refute the idea that islands operate under different, "magical" rules... "There is a tendency to believe that big animals become very small on islands, and small animals become very big, due to limited resources or lack of competition. I've shown that this is just not true, at least not as a general rule. Evolution operates on islands no differently than anywhere else." "When will you humans learn that 'size doesn't matter'?" -- the talking dog in MiB
Been three years, so I'm hittin' it.
- When Animals Evolve On Islands, Size Doesn't Matter | Science Daily | 11-8-2007 | Imperial College London | Posted on 11/08/2007 2:05:43 PM PST by blam -- ...Dr Shai Meiri..., who carried out the work with Professor Andy Purvis and Natalie Cooper from the College's Department of Life Sciences... concluded that although there does appear to be a weak correlation between the size of a mammal and how its size then evolves in an island habitat, this reflects some groups' specific tendencies towards gigantism or dwarfism, and not the general course of evolution.
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posted on 07/09/2010 8:59:18 AM PDT
("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
Fantasies about island habitats and the animals that live there are best left for movies, TV shows, and fantasy novels, he adds
Ah, but sometimes fantasy can become reality . . . .
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