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A Biodiversity Discovery That Was Waiting in the Wings--Wasp Wings, That Is

Study of wing sizes of two wasp species helps explain huge diversity of shapes and sizes of organisms in nature

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Photo showing wing size differences between two Nasonia wasp species.

Wing size differences between two Nasonia wasp species are the result of newly discovered genetic differences between the species. The diversity of size and shape differences between other animal species may have similar origins.

Credit: David Loehlin, University of Wisconsin, Madison


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David Loehlin of the University of Rochester discusses biodiversity insights discovered in wasp wings.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Cover of the February 24, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the February 24, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2012


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