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Monday, August 30, 2010

I could not be more amused.

I see a lot of news that I realize will play into the evolution vs. crazy nonsensical bullshit "debate," and I'm somewhat immune to shock at this point. Nevertheless, there's just something awesome about seeing mother nature totally give creationists the finger:

Scientists observing a small group of Australian lizards very closely, believe they may be watching evolution happen right before their eyes.

A variety of Australian skink - like snake but with four tiny legs - is slowly starting abandon egg laying and beginning to give birth to live offspring like a mammal does.

Skinks in the mountainous region of New South Wales have almost entirely moved to live birth. But the same species living in the lowlands along the coast are far more likely to lay eggs containing their young.


Yes, you read that correctly: we are, right now, observing a speciation event in which on part of the species remains an egg laying reptile and the other shifts to live births. It is happening, right now. We are watching it, right now.

That is so crazy awesome, I can hardly believe it.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Mike3550 said...

Wow! So cool.

Monday, August 30, 2010 9:50:00 AM  
OpenID sassafrasjunction said...

Epic WIN!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They" will say God made that change in the skinks.

Depressed yet?

Monday, September 06, 2010 11:01:00 AM  

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