Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Natural selection in action

Pressure on Asian elephant populations from poachers looking for ivory is starting to affect the species in a striking way: once-rare tuskless elephants are becoming more prevalent in China. If most of the tusked ones get killed, the ones that are left, however unusual or poorly adapted, will be the ones that survive. A grim kind of evolution -- it shows that nature can be resilient, but I'd sure rather see humans do a better job of stewardship than that the planet end up legless trying to stay out of our way...

(via boing boing)

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