July 14, 2006
The Island Rule

The island rule is used to help explain certain common evolutionary traits seen in competely separated environments. Two of the most common traits are dwarfism and gigantism. Now, we've got a scientist who's found a way to compare this with different ocean going populations - some separated from everything, some not.

The odd thing about this theory is that it's counterintuitive - if you started big an go to an area with less resources, you get smaller. If you started small and end up in the same area, you get big.

If you get to page two, you'll notice that there's another scientist disputing her claims - which will likely lead to a lovely little geek fight, complete with Star Trek references...

Posted by ron at July 14, 2006 08:36 AM

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