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How Predictable Is Evolution? 209

Posted by samzenpus
from the step-by-step dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If the clock rewound, would organisms evolve the same way they did before? Humble stick insects may hold the answer to that long-running question in biology. Through studies of these bugs, whose bodies match the leaves the insects live on, researchers have found that although groups of the bug have evolved similar appearances, they achieved that mostly via different changes in their DNA. 'I think it says that repeatability of evolution is very low,' says Andrew Hendry, an evolutionary biologist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, who was not involved with the work."
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

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  • by rubycodez (864176) on Thursday May 15, 2014 @07:40PM (#47014255)

    you are silly, vast differences in eyes in the animal kingdom. the spookfish eye has a side chamber with mirrors and a second retina, and works like a reflecting telescope. The Tarsier can't even move its eyes in the sockets, has to turn its head, besides night vision can see in ultraviolet but can't see color. The collosal squid has a built-in headlight, a photophore, in each eye to illuminate what it is focusing on, the dragonfly has 30,000 eyes that can see polarization of light as well as ultraviolet let, and moreover has 3 additional eyes of another type that are hypersensitive to extremely fast movements a human can't perceive. How about four-eyed fish with eyes to see in air and another pair for water?

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