Evolution in action detected in Darwin’s finches

Posted by on April 21, 2016 6:57 pm
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The most characteristic feature of Darwin’s finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utilization of food resources in the Galapagos archipelago. A team of scientists has now identified a gene that explains variation in beak size within and among species. The gene contributed to a rapid shift in beak size of the medium ground finch following a severe drought.

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