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Looking for an example of speciation in action- forgotten name of animal.

  1. Jul 7, 2007 #1

    matthyaouw

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    I remember reading a while ago about an animal with a fairly large range. Animals in areas adjacent to each other were genetically similar enough to interbreeed with no problems, but animals from opposite ends of their range could not. I think they existed in semi-isolated populations but am not sure. Does anyone know what it is that I'm thinking of?
     
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  3. Jul 7, 2007 #2

    Danger

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    Scotsmen? :confused:
     
  4. Jul 7, 2007 #3

    turbo

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    No, breeding Scotsmen from any part of their range yields equivalent results. Breeding them with Scotswomen, however, favors larger broods in the rural areas.
     
  5. Jul 7, 2007 #4

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    Aye. Meet the couple of the year... Ben Dover and Phil McCrevis.

    Hmmm... lessee here...
    Scotswomen...sheep... Scotswomen... sheep...

    I think that it would result in a booming wool industry. :biggrin:
     
  6. Jul 9, 2007 #5

    jim mcnamara

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    Take away the humor and these two guys are useless. :)

    By animals: do you mean mammals, or birds, or what? There are a lot studies that kind of resemble what you're talking about.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2007 #6

    matthyaouw

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    I think that they were mammals but I'm unsure. Any example would be useful to be honest.
     
  8. Jul 10, 2007 #7

    Danger

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    This month's SciAm has a nice article about the evolution of cats that indicates such a thing happened to the various species several times.

    And :tongue: on Jim. :devil:
     
  9. Jul 10, 2007 #8

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    You may want to look up "ring species".:rolleyes: You may find examples.
     
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  11. Jul 11, 2007 #10

    matthyaouw

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    Brilliant, thanks :smile:
     
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