At the Edge of Invasion, Possible New Rules for Evolution

North Queensland?s third annual Toad Day Out has locals in Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns hunting for the much hated cane toad. This event was founded by Shane Knuth, Queensland state MP for Dalrymple after he lost a dog to a cane toad, reports AFP.In 1935, cane toads were brought over to Australia from the Americas to help control scarab beetles that infested the sugar cane. They have grown to a population of more than 200 million, and scientists suggest that evolution is helping them to spread at a faster rate. Recent floods in Queensland have helped to increase the number of toads. AFP reports that Townsville locals have found up to 50 nocturnal creatures that are drawn to a single street light.The cane toad carries a poisonous sac of venom that is deadly enough to kill snakes and crocodiles. They are regarded as pests and are considered harmful to the Australian environment.The Toad Day Out was inspired by a Simpson?s cartoon episode where residents were encouraged to beat snakes to death in its a

At the Edge of Invasion, Possible New Rules for Evolution

Just as Galapagos finches are icons of evolution by natural selection, Australia’s cane toads may someday be icons of “spatial sorting” — a dynamic that seems to exist ...

Thu 24 Mar 11 from Wired Science

Speedy toads advance theory of evolution

(PhysOrg.com) -- Speed and the mating habits of the Australian cane toad are set to expand the theory of evolution according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Wed 23 Mar 11 from Phys.org

Toads point to new mechanism for evolution

TOAD SELECTION: Cane toads are shining light on a new process by which genetic traits evolve, say Australian researchers.

Mon 21 Mar 11 from ABC Science

Annual Australian Event Kills 14,000 Cane Toads

North Queensland?s third annual Toad Day Out has locals in Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns hunting for the much hated cane toad. This event was founded by Shane Knuth, Queensland state ...

Mon 28 Mar 11 from RedOrbit

Annual Australian Event Kills 14,000 Cane Toadsoads, Mon 28 Mar 11 from RedOrbit

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