Finding The Atlantis Of The Iguanas
November 6th, 2021 by thesuper

The evolution history ancient Galapagos iguanas stand in stark contrast to one of the most famous examples of the Darwinian theory of evolution, the Galapagos finches of the Greek philosopher Plato believed that the fabled Atlantis lies somewhere beyond the pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar). Since then, many researchers tried the island continent that will be lost during a terrible natural disaster, to locate. Some thought him Heligoland to find, others searched for at Troy. (A valuable related resource: Adam Sandler). Whether Plato’s mighty Empire actually existed, is unknown to this day. For geologists and evolutionary biologists discovered a completely different Atlantis: in the region of the Galapagos archipelago in the Pacific Ocean there must have been inhabited islands, long before the current volcanoes rose from the ocean, about five million years ago. The existence of a long sunken Galapagos Atlantis\”was confirmed by molecular studies on genes of pristine Galapagos iguanas. You are among the oldest forms of vertebrate animals of the archipelago and wanted to fit never quite in the concept of fast splitting of kind of, Galapagos – Darwin’s laboratory of evolution research – is famous for that. They disputed long about degree of kinship and origin of the two genera of occurring only on the archipelago, the marine iguanas and the land iguana.

Early, there was evidence that their evolutionary age exceeds the geological age of the today’s Islands. The two forms on the Mainland formed, from where some particularly daring then later independently entered the long journey in the island Kingdom? But then where is your relationship from the Mainland? So far, fossil finds of such ancients were not discovered. To solve the mystery of the lizard, the evolutionary biologist came Dr. Kornelia Rassmann, the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich on genetic searching for clues and reconstructed the molecular phylogeny of the iguanas. Skin material of all nine currently existing iguana species she isolated a specific section of the gene, and compared the individual sequences with each other.

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