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Evo in the news: Speciation in real time

The Central European blackcap (left) and Galapagos ground finch (right) are two bird species that have undergone speciation recently, while scientists observed.

The Central European blackcap (left) and Galapagos ground finch (right) are two bird species that have undergone speciation recently, while scientists observed.

Speciation isn't always slow — sometimes, we can see evidence of evolution over a very short period of time. This month's Evo in the news: Speciation in real time looks at two examples of speedy speciation. The Central European blackcap, a bird, could be on the verge of a speciation event — over the past 30 years, researchers have seen a split in the behavior and morphology of two groups of blackcaps. Speciation has occurred in another bird species over a similar time period: the Galapagos finches, long an example of speciation by natural selection, have done it again. Learn more about how speciation can happen right in front of scientists' eyes in Evo in the news: Speciation in real time, on the UCMP's Understanding Evolution website. This month's Evo in the News also features a video podcast, provided by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

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