Professor Dendy's favorite quote:

"If it dies, it's biology; if it blows up, it's chemistry;

if it doesn't work, it's physics!" - John Wilkes

As quoted from grafitti on a bathroom wall.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

So, let's see...

a couple of mathematicians at UBC have offered up their genius in a possible explanation to the puzzle of evolutionary generated biodiversity.

Michael Doebeli, a researcher at UBC's Biodiversity Research Centre and professor with the departments of Mathematics and Zoology had this to say...

"When you model one trait at a time--in isolation--you often find that ecological interactions aren't strong enough to drive divergence. But with many traits acting in concert, even very weak interactions can generate diversity. Our approach mirrors the complexity of reality more closely--if you think about it, all living organisms have at least dozens, if not hundreds, of ecologically relevant traits."

And here's what I have to say... "Well, DUH!" The number of ecologically relevant traits is most likely in the hundreds for each and every species with that number increasing with the complexity of the environment of which the species is a part.

And below you see two vicious members of Canis familiarlis verociously attacking a single defenseless Ursus teddyculis.

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