Mountains play a bigger role in evolution and creating new species than climate change, a study from the University of Cambridge has found.
Scientists pooled three million years of data looking at the rise and fall of Earth’s mountains and found that as the surface rises, the rate of speciation increases.
They discovered that the fluctuating landscape was responsible for the creation of more new species of birds and mammals than historical climate change, recent elevation changes and soaring temperatures in the modern world.
Thought that was the generally accepted view? Or has it changed again?
A most unscientific explanation being that you need to have geographic separation of a population for speciation to occur? That is, if they all carry on shagging each other then it doesn’t, but when they shag in separate groups over time it does?
Big mountains doing that separation…..