Michal Denny
Michal Denny
Head of Faculty: Science Auckland Girls’ Grammar Schoolwww.aggs.school.nzwww.facebook.com

Speciation

A collection of links that take you deeper and beyond what you are learning in class.

What is a species?

What is a species?

Before you read any further, I want you to take a minute and try to answer the question in the title. Go ahead and write down (or at least think about) the definition that scientists use to determi…

thelogicofscience.com
Evolution in action: from genetic change to new species

Evolution in action: from genetic change to new species

How do new species – or completely new types of organism – emerge? Time and separation are the key factors.

scienceinschool.org
Freak accident created a massive army of super-fertile clones

Freak accident created a massive army of super-fertile clones

A new species of bigger and super-fertile all-female crayfish originated almost instantaneously because of a genetic accident

newscientist.com
We Can't Stop Staring at These 2 Newly Discovered Birb Species That Bend Evolutionary Definitions

We Can't Stop Staring at These 2 Newly Discovered Birb Species That Bend Evolutionary Definitions

Given the fervour with which naturalists scoured Southeast Asia in the 19th century looking for new bird species, you'd think the region would be tapped out. But nature can still find ways to sneak up on us: Two previously undescribed species have on

sciencealert.com
Blue ducks - how different is 'different'? - Predator Free NZ

Blue ducks - how different is 'different'? - Predator Free NZ

Blue ducks (whio) live in both the North and South Island – they’re isolated by distance, but how isolated are they genetically? Physically there are visual differences – the South Island whio is larg

predatorfreenz.org
Galapagos study finds that new species can develop in as little as 2 generations - Scienma

Galapagos study finds that new species can develop in as little as 2 generations - Scienma

The arrival 36 years ago of a strange bird to a remote island in the Galapagos archipelago has provided direct genetic evidence of a novel way in which new species arise.

scienmag.com
Inside Cells, Genetic War Could Create New Species

Inside Cells, Genetic War Could Create New Species

Mitonuclear conflict—a struggle between the genes in a cell’s nucleus and those in its mitochondria—might sometimes split species in two.

wired.com
Chimps and bonobos had flings—and swapped genes—in the past

Chimps and bonobos had flings—and swapped genes—in the past

Cross-species hanky-panky likely common among great apes—including humans

sciencemag.org
Africa’s Rift Valley lakes  |  New Zealand Geographic

Africa’s Rift Valley lakes | New Zealand Geographic

The Rift Valley Lakes of Africa tell the amazing evolutionary story of a small fish inside a species pressure cooker, unlike anywhere else on the planet.

nzgeo.com
Africa’s deadliest rapids give birth to new fish species

Africa’s deadliest rapids give birth to new fish species

The Congo River’s torrential currents divide fish populations long term

sciencemag.org