By Rory Galloway
This is an image of the Big Bird lineage, which arose through the breeding of two distinct parent species: G. fortis and G. conirostris
A population of finches on the Galapagos has been discovered in the process of becoming a new species.
This is the first example of speciation that scientists have been able to observe directly in the field.
Researchers followed the entire population of finches on a tiny Galapagos island called Daphne Major, for many years, and so they were able to watch the speciation in progress.
The research was published in the journal Science…