Post by ornithorchid on Jan 19, 2016 11:57:49 GMT -8
Just an amazing story... "The Lost Eden Rediscovered". Pretty amazing that these insects were able to survive with so little green around: unless they actually adapted and start feeding on other sources. Now I am just wondering how viable these populations are? The one from the small rock has probably a poor genetic variation. The population that was propagated, has certainly less variation. Will this diversity be sufficient enough to have that species survive? AMAZING!!!
Post by ornithorchid on Jan 19, 2016 18:47:21 GMT -8
Now I am reading this again. Was there any study of the fauna/flora inventory of this rock before this whole story? Do we know for sure that the specimens onto the 'pyramid' are the same species/subspecies? I recall the Darwin's Finch birds of Galapagos... First time I did learn about it I could not believe it. This population sample from 'pyramid' may indeed be different from the main island biggest sub-set. Is there any specimen of the main island somewhere so DNA work could be done? Anyone ...