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the incredibly recent evolutionary changes that cockroaches have made

Here's a very interesting read that talks about natural selection that has occurred in under 40 years. This is amazing support for evolution and how quickly a species can adapt for its very survival.

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Comment by Peter Pimentel on May 30, 2013 at 11:27pm

The monitor is actually a very well respected publication. 7 Pulitzer prizes and very objective reporting. Thanks for your comments.

Comment by Daniel W on May 24, 2013 at 10:02pm

Thank you for posting the story and link.  It's very interesting in several ways.

First - it is a great example of selective pressure and evolution, at least on the microevolution level. Demonstrates a small change that leads to adaptation of the species to a lethal substance.

Second, the story has environmental impacts.  As far as managing cockroaches, using a single substance such as the poison bait, leads to adaptation of the species.  An adaptable, multifactorial approach is better.  If we could train mice to eat roaches, we would have an interesting situation.

3rd, that this article is in the Christian Science Monitor makes me pause.  I would not have expected that.


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