Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Science of Peacock Tails

Evolution is always weird, but I like it because it offers explanations for how some things ended up the way they are. Like many scientific theories, though, there are still a few areas where it doesn't explain everything perfectly.

Recently, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been filling in some more of the gaps. They have figured out why some male animals have developed showy traits like manes, antlers, and peacock tails. Apparently, this was a problem that caused Charles Darwin a great deal of problems.

I'd say, "In your FACE, Darwin!" except that this study supports his findings in ways that he wasn't able to do himself.

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