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  • 'Magical Thinking' About Islands an Illusion? Biologist Refutes Conventional Thinking on Evolution

    07/08/2010 8:14:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 07/08/2010
    Long before TV's campy Fantasy Island, the isolation of island communities has touched an exotic and magical core in us. Darwin's fascination with the Galapagos island chain and the evolution of its plant and animal life is just one example. Think of the extensive lore surrounding island-bred creatures like Komodo dragons, dwarf elephants, and Hobbit-sized humans. Conventional wisdom has it that they -- and a horde of monster-sized insects -- are all products of island evolution. But are they? Dr. Shai Meiri of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology says "yes," they are a product of evolution, but nothing more...