For as long as there has been science as such, islands have been appreciated as huge laboratories where all sorts of theories about ecology and evolution can be developed and verified. Indeed, isolation, whether by mountain ranges, deserts, or bodies of water, is one of the primary causes of specialisation, so that when the population of a species is separated from the rest, it begins an evolutionary history completely different from the others, affected and defined by what we know today as “natural selection”,…

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