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Re: why larger?



On 18 Feb 97 08:29:00 EST, you wrote:


>Good question.  Since we've all been talking about small animals
>evolving into larger ones, does anyone know of any "pygmy" lineages
>that got big again, or gave rise to larger descendents? 

Easy answer: Turtles: Big, then small then, when left alone in
isolated enviroments (like the Galapagos Islands), big again.



 I had gotten
>the (possibly mistaken) impression that pygmyism was kind of an
>evolutionary cul-de-sac, but I've never heard any explanation.  Any
>ideas?