Beetle biodiversity is thanks to extinction resistance

March 18, 2015 9:52 PM

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Most of the research into the diversity of beetle species has focused on finding mechanisms of speciation -- the biological pressures that spur adaption, variation and ultimately new species. But new research suggests avoiding obliteration might be equally as important.

"By looking at the fossil history of the group, we can see that extinction, or rather lack of extinction may be just as important, if not more important, than origination," lead study author Dena Smith, a paleontologist and curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, explained i...

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