Saturday, June 12, 2010

History Waves #4 ~ Unbelievable! Change can be changeless!

Pic by G.W. aka P.A. ~ Pelican in the process of a proud pose at Hastings, Westernport Bay, Mornington Peninsula
History Waves #4 ~ Unbelievable! Change can be changeless!~

Pelicans have sported big beaks for at least 30 million years, the discovery of an ancient pelican fossil reveals.
Researchers uncovered the remains of the earliest known pelican, including a preserved beak, in southwest France.
What has surprised them most about this ancient pelican is that it is almost identical to modern species...
Few other flying animals appear to have survived unchanged for so long. The only other good examples, says Dr Louchart, are bats, which have a body shape that appears to have survived unaltered for around 50 million years.
~ Archaeology Daily News June 11, 2010

Read the full article by following the link.
Write a creative newspaper article (which sounds possible) as to why the pelican has never really evolved into new forms.

1 comment:

Olga said...

How beautiful the pelican in the picture is. I've seen gray ones and white ones before, but I've never seen this one.

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