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New finding shows that males can drive creation of new species


January 27, 2016

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Evolutionary biologists often debate whether sexual selection can lead to new species. Most studies have focused on natural selection or, for the few studies that considered sexual selection, on how picky females select mates and drive evolution. Researchers at Michigan State University, with the help of some stickleback fish, have shown that intense competition among males most definitely has a big say in creating new species.Full Story

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