A new report has found that the world’s deadliest species is the one with the least-known genetic code, but that there is no such thing as a “super” species.
In the report, published today, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said the term “super species” is often misused by researchers to refer to animals that are so different from other animals that they cannot be classified as a species.
Instead, the study found that super species are those animals with the most distinctive characteristics.
“Super species” are animals that have such unique features that they are “super rare,” said lead author Karen T. Matteria, an evolutionary biologist at the Max-Planck Institute.
“The problem with the term is that it refers to species that are very different from their relatives, which is what super-species are.”
“In reality, super species do exist, and they exist on a massive scale, so they are quite common in nature,” she said.
“If we’re going to classify them as species, we have to think about what the consequences are of the species, and if it’s a good thing.”
The research, which was published in the journal Science, is the first to look at super species across species and across time, the researchers said.
It also revealed that super- species are more likely to occur in the wild, where they have been observed as far back as 15,000 years ago, compared to a similar number of fossil species.
“We were surprised to find that super creatures are more prevalent than fossil species in nature.
So far, we’ve only looked at super- animals from the fossil record,” Matteria said.
But it was the discovery of species in the laboratory, that gave the researchers the most detailed picture of the genetic differences among the species.”[It’s] a real surprise because we’ve always thought that super animals have been found in nature in a lab.
That is very surprising.”
Topics:science-and-technology,anthropology,anthology,biography,human-interest,fauna,animal-science,anthony-davis,north-australiaFirst posted September 21, 2018 14:37:57Contact Sophie BiermanMore stories from Western Australia