Natures wonders: 13, 17-year cicadas (Introduction)

by dhw, Friday, May 31, 2013, 17:15 (2304 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: The longest insect life cycle around. Why this evolved is any bodies guess.

http://www.nature.com/news/long-lived-insects-raise-prime-riddle-1.13080

My guess is it's just one more invention by one of the countless intelligent genomes that have added their particular squiggle to the higgledy-piggledy bush. Cicada lovers, however, might argue that it is living proof of the cicacentric teleology of evolution.


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