An instantaneous, beneficial mutation probably caused batwings to almost instantly evolve. (Xmen?)

24 May

An instantaneous, beneficial mutation probably caused batwings to almost instantly (in phylogenic terms) evolve.

This is very interesting. I was reading about how recent discoveries in bat phylogeny have given tantalizing evidence that bat wings as a morphological structure probably evolved almost instantly, via random, beneficial mutation. I couldn’t help but think of the premise behind the fictional X-Men universe after reading this.

This supports the theory of punctuated equilibrium(first proposed in 1972 by Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould).This theory basically states that evolution is not necessarily gradual; instead, long periods of relative morphological stability can be punctuated (hence punctuated equilibrium) by periods of drastic and rapid evolutionary change, and new species can appear relatively instantly.

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