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Garden snails are evolving slower metabolisms.

Natural selection is favouring snails with reduced metabolic rates, researchers in Chile have discovered.

It is the first time that evolution has been shown to select for this trait in individuals of any species.

Snails with lower metabolisms are at an advantage because they have more energy to spend on other activities such as growth or reproduction, the researchers say in the journal Evolution.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:28:26 PM EST
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Soon we'll have sex-mad giant snails who don't eat much and move very, very slowly.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue May 12th, 2009 at 03:47:15 AM EST
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yeah, sloths are thriving better than cheetahs, i believe.

the more sped up a society is, the more destructive.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue May 12th, 2009 at 05:05:15 AM EST
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