Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Story about the The Pink Lizard

When Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos in 1835, apparently he missed a number of Pink Iguana, which now seems to be on the brink of extinction. A research team that investigated their habitat in 2008, only ten of them back. Scientists believe they number less than one hundred.

The pink iguana (Rosada) was first found on Isabela Island in 1986. They live on the slopes of a volcano, and are not known to breed with other subspecies of iguanas.

Iguanas are relatively large lizards. The largest selection can grow to more than 6.5 meters or two meters. They have rows of spines running down its back and tail. They are shy herbivores or plant-eating creatures. Colorful green iguanas (Iguana iguana) are often farmed because they are fairly quiet animals.

A recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and reported by BBC News suggests that the existence of the pink iguana will result in the evolutionary tree Galapagos iguanas are rewritten.

Evolutionary trees are often based on speculation. Some early evolutionists such as Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), the German scientist who Darwinism popular in continental Europe and is now known to be produced embryo drawings, used their imagination rather free in the drawing evolutionary trees. Haeckel, for example, built a relationship between life and nonlife, naming the Monera, and found a link between man and ape named Pithecanthropus alalus.

The problem with these two additions to the tree of life was absolutely no fossil evidence or other documentation for them. While the newer pedigrees are not as suspicious, they are often built on very little hard data, so that a single finding may cause scientists to rewrite them, as in the recent case with pink iguanas.

This, in turn, can - and should - raise questions about the validity of Darwinian evolution itself.

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