April 21, 2008

BECAUSE EVOLUTION IS LATIN FOR STASIS:

New Zealand's 'Living Dinosaur' -- The Tuatara -- Is Surprisingly The Fastest Evolving Animal (ScienceDaily, Mar. 23, 2008)

In a study of New Zealand's "living dinosaur" the tuatara, evolutionary biologist, and ancient DNA expert, Professor David Lambert and his team from the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution recovered DNA sequences from the bones of ancient tuatara, which are up to 8000 years old. They found that, although tuatara have remained largely physically unchanged over very long periods of evolution, they are evolving - at a DNA level - faster than any other animal yet examined.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2008 11:43 PM
Comments

Nobody ever said the details of evolution were simple. Genotype and phenotype are different things and interrelate in complex ways.

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 22, 2008 12:38 PM

Yes, just as midi chloridians are complicated.

Posted by: oj at April 22, 2008 1:33 PM
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