A potentially new species of finch has co-evolved with Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine

Main report: Biologists use genomics to identify evolving new bird species in southern Idaho
(Molecular Ecology)

Scientific Paper: Molecular Ecology   
Common Name: South Hills Crossbill
Categories: Birds | Evolution | New Species

Genetic analysis shows that the South Hills crossbill coevolved with the Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine, a striking example of coevolution driving speciation within perhaps as little as 6000 years.  “This is maybe the best and only clear example of reciprocal adaptation between two species contributing directly to the process of speciation”.

Photo by C.W. Benkman.

Photo by C.W. Benkman.

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