The Elements of Evolution (43-4) Islands


Isolation plays games. ~ Richard Potts

Adaptation is always ecological, and opportunistic toward probable survival. Life-history variables shift with envirotype.

Islands spark accelerated evolution. ~ American scientist Lisa Gross

Islands represent unique challenges to both plants and animals. Evolutionary responses have been various, with some underlying consistencies. Once such constant is that island species evolve faster than mainland species, especially during the early generations, which are finding their best fit to island isolation.

Islands have produced both radiation and a strong degree of convergent evolution. ~ English paleontologists Adrian Lister & Peter Rawson