This Bird Went Extinct and Then Evolved Into Existence Again

I was about to post this in conversations but since it’s about evolution and I don’t want another fight…

Anyway, tell me if I should move it.

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As usual, the headline is deceptive. It’s not the same species evolving twice. It’s similar species evolving twice from similar ancestors. That’s not a new observation. The champion example would be the Caribbean anoles studied by Jonathan Losos, though three-spined sticklebacks are a close second. I recommend Losos’s book Improbable Destinies.


@Jerry_Coyne agrees that this was grossly misreported.

This is the way university press releases work: exaggerate the importance of the work by any means necessary.

Meanwhile in the newspapers, “Zombie Bird Rises From Grave!”.