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adaptive radiation

  • n  the development of many different forms from an originally homogeneous group of organisms as they fill different ecological niches
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  • Conservation Success To Boy's Club: The Hawaii Creeper In Danger Of Extinction
    Though most people focus on Darwin's famous birds, I would argue that the Hawaiian honeycreepers are the most dazzling example of adaptive radiation, especially by a finch. From a single finch ancestor arose a stunning diversity of honeycreepers, from the brilliant red I'iwi with its long, curved bill to the small, rotund ?Akikiki. Over 50 species of these colorful forest birds once brightened ...
    July 5, 2013 - Discover

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