Quick-mating cane toads upend survival of fittest

Speed and the mating habits of the Australian cane toad are set to expand the theory of evolution according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Three Australian biologists, including lead author, Professor Rick Shine, believe they have identified a new evolutionary process based on their invasive cane toad research.

Professor Shine said the process, which depends on “mating between the quickest” rather than “survival of the fittest”, challenges the long-held view that natural selection is the only driving force for evolution.

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