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Convergent Evolution: Darwin was Wrong: Improbable Destinies

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Biologist J. Losos now thinks through a series of recent experiments that small evolutionary changes are more rapid in terms of several years rather than in terms of centuries.

 

Informs much about our Bigfoot brethren me-thinks.

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/07/549250035/biologist-jonathan-losos-explores-convergent-evolution-in-improbable-destinies

 

Excuse if cross=posted and mods may merge this in such case. 

 

 

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The book, "the beak of the finch" talks about this very thing. A husband and wife team (Peter and Rosemary Grant) doing long term research on finches in the Galapagos Islands. It's fascinating.

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8 hours ago, bipedalist said:

Informs much about our Bigfoot brethren me-thinks.

 

Interesting.   That might require some re-thinking ... re-evaluating the apparent boundaries (outwards a bit) regarding what bigfoot can be.   Not throwing anything out, but instead, keeping anomalous, assumed erroneous, data in the picture a bit longer before culling it.

 

MIB

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It comes down to the physics of the world in which we live.  For a given type of environment there will be a relatively small number of physical templates (avian, aquatic, arboreal, burrowing, quadrupedal herbivore, quadrupedal carnivore, bipedal hominid, etc.) that combine the most efficient features for success in that environment.  Species evolution will progress toward the efficiency required for success.

 

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