The tale of the Edith’s checkerspot: Butterflies caught in an evolutionary trap

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In a meadow in America a group of butterflies have been drawn into a lethal evolutionary trap. This trap, set by humans, was abruptly sprung when people left the area, leading to a local extinction. Nature Video uses painted hands to tell the story of the Edith’s checkerspot butterfly.

Behind the scenes: https://youtu.be/3ZmMs9AFinM
Read more: http://nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04992-7
Read the paper: http://nature.com/articles/doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0074-6

9th May 2018

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