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Thursday, September 29, 2011
"Europasaurus" - Dinosaurs & Robots Art Show
When someone discusses dinosaurs, they generally refer to enormous lumbering beasts whose very size boggled the imagination. Evolution, however, is capable of some amazing things - especially when it comes to animal populations that, through folly of geography, sea level change, or plate tectonics, become displaced from their formerly wide-open homelands and become stranded on islands or archipelagos. Known as Foster's Rule (or the "island rule") among biologists, formerly small creatures will sometimes become larger (island gigantism), while the bigger animals shrink (insular dwarfism) in response to resource availability, or lack thereof. In modern times, this is evident in the giant Komodo dragons of Indonesia and the pygmy elephants of Borneo - going further back in time, we see the same with the Wrangel Island dwarf mammoths and the giant flightless moa birds of New Zealand.