Island life prompts evolution of larger plant seeds

By Sarah Zielinski, 13:48 PM May 26, 2014

Evolution can get a little weird on islands. Some large creatures, such as elephants and possibly humans, evolved into new, smaller species. Others, such as rats and birds, morphed into bigger versions.

These changes happen because of the different conditions that occur on isolated pieces of land surrounded by vast stretches of water. Sometimes there’s an advantage to being smaller, such as when resources aren’t consistently available. For small species, moving to an island might lift some of ...

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