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Frogs Evolution Tracks Rise of Himalayas and Rearrangement of Southeast Asia

August 5, 2010

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Asian spiny frogs are named for the nubby spines on their chests and arms, which they use to grasp females during mating in swift streams. Kunming Institute of Zoology and University of California, Berkeley, biologists have conducted a genetic analysis of 24 species of spiny frogs and correlated their diversification with the rise of the Himalayas and Tibet. The findings support a theory that India not only uplifted the mountains, but shoved Southeast Asia toward the Pacific. Full Story

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