Monday, September 11, 2006

Evolution in action at Kinabatangan valley

KOTA KINABALU: The Kinabatangan valley is not just a haven for wildlife but is also a valuable natural laboratory of evolution, a team of Universiti Malaysia Sabah scientists found.

“If Charles Darwin had not gone to the Gal├ípagos Islands, his theory on the origin of the species could have been born in the Kinabatangan valley itself,” said Dr Menno Schilthuizen, an associate professor at UMS Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

The Lower Kinabatangan region has long been known as one of the few remaining places in Sabah teeming with wildlife such as pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and orang utans.

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