Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Jellies, Evolution and Death

A new species of jelly fish has been noted in the North Adriatic Sea, near Venice. Not just a few, but thousands of them. The article here at Live Science covers documenting the species pretty well.

The interesting note is from one of the observers who remarks that this species could have been missed in previous examinations of the area and that section of the sea is watched to carefully. For a new creature, with large species, to suddenly appear is out of the question. It must, he argues, have been introduced via a ship's ballast or some other method.

That's very interesting to me. One of the theories behind the theory of evolution is that evolution is NOT gradual, but sudden and swift. Could this be such a species, whose parent appeared on the scene not long ago and spawned a host of babies. With no natural predators, perhaps its population was allowed to grow rapidly, and unnoticed.

The idea that it was brought in, is certainly possible, but that means it had to come from somewhere else and have avoided detection there as well.

Very interesting, though I lean toward evolution being far more dramatic than slow. Environmental changes are constant, and have been since the birth of the universe, and successful life must adapt quickly, or die.


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