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Study finds mice in New York City are evolving

Study finds mice in New York City are evolving

Maybe Charles Darwin didn't have to sail all the way to the Galapagos islands after all. While evolution is often thought of as playing out in the wilds of the natural world, as it turns out, urban environments are a major hotbed for species adaptations. Over centuries of development, cities have rewritten the rules of survival for the organisms that live there -- and researcher is beginning to prove that some critters are just learning to cope, they're actually undergoing genetic change. Baruch College scientist Jason Munshi-South has spent the last several years studying this phenomena of urban evolution in New York City -- particularly when it comes to the white-footed mouse. A population of these small rodents has lived in the city's few remaining forested areas, isolated from their countryside counterparts in more rural parts of the state. Munshi-South had a hunch tha...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/study-shows-ne...

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