Thursday 1 May 2014

Doubting Darwin: Algae Findings Surprise Scientists

Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation | April 28, 2014 07:22pm ET

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to Live Science in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

One of Charles Darwin's hypotheses posits that closely related species will compete for food and other resources more strongly with one another than with distant relatives, because they occupy similar ecological niches. Most biologists long have accepted this to be true.

Thus, three researchers were more than a little shaken to find that their experiments on fresh water green algae failed to support Darwin's theory — at least in one case.

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