What will creationists have to say about this?
A new species has been observed by scientists evolving right in front of their very eyes.
The animal is from Darwin’s own island – Galapagos, where biology evolution already seem to play out in a somewhat sped-up process.
The Galapagos finch was observed by biologists making evolutionary changes much faster than has even been seen before.
The breakthrough is significant in terms of the speed of evolution – even Darwin himself thought that evolution was moving too slowly for humans to see with their own eyes.
“We see nothing of these slow changes in progress, until the hand of time has marked the lapse of ages,”
Finch researchers Dr Peter Grant and Dr. Rosemary Grant of Princeton University were the lucky biologists who noticed the change, after they had headed to the Daphne Major island in the Galapagos isles.
A statement released by the grants has documented their discovery which started back in 1981 with their fist sighting of an unusual looking bird.
“We didn’t see him fly in from over the sea, but we noticed him shortly after he arrived. He was so different from the other birds that we knew he did not hatch from an egg on Daphne Major,”
The researchers initially thought that the species was a hybrid that had formed from two separate species, but closer studying revealed the bird to be the Geospiza conirostris.
Professor Leif Andersson of Uppsala University, Sweden said:
“A naturalist who came to Daphne Major without knowing that this lineage arose very recently would have recognized this lineage as one of the four species on the island. This clearly demonstrates the value of long-running field studies,”
The importance of closely studying the species was the key to the discovery of this amazing breakthrough.
Via IFL Science
Featured Image Credit – B.R Grant