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05. Oct 2023

Explosion of biodiversity thanks to the recycling of genetic material

What usually takes aeons happened in a relative flash in Lake Victoria: Over 500 new species evolved from three stem species of cichlids in just 16,000 years. A study published in the renowned journal Science, to which David Marques from the Natural History Museum Basel contributed, provides an explanation: This explosion in biodiversity is the result of the existing genetic material being repeatedly reshuffled.

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