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The Red Queen Was Right: We Have to Run to Keep in Place

June 20, 2013

illustration of Alice and the Red Queen Biologists quote Lewis Carroll when arguing that survival is a constant struggle to adapt and evolve. Is that true, or do groups die out because they experience a run of bad luck? Charles Marshall and Tiago Quental of the University of California, Berkeley, tested these hypotheses using mammals that arose and died out (or are now dying out) in the past 66 million years, and found that it's not luck but failure to adapt to a deteriorating environment. Full Story

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