Key innovations and adaptive radiations

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This theory generally states that the differences in phenotype observed between populations and species, is caused directly by differences in the environment they inhabit and resources consumed (Schluter, 2000). This essay looks at some examples of adaptive radiations that have seen the arising of several new species from an ancestral group in a relatively short period of time...
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Each example attempts to explain how each radiating clade is the result of a key innovation. Classic examples of adaptive radiations include the Galapagos finches, the Hawaiian silversword alliance, and cichlid fishes. These examples are well covered in previous literature and this essay instead examines others...
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