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Puzzling Over the Origin of Species in the Depths of the Oldest Lakes

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Science  31 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5607, pp. 654-655
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5607.654

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The creatures in Baikal and other ancient lakes could help researchers unravel fundamental mysteries about why some life forms speciate and others do not. The Speciation in Ancient Lakes group, which includes several dozen specialists from around the world, met last autumn in Irkutsk, Russia, to mull over the forces that shape these biological hotspots. Researchers unveiled fresh findings on the genetics of ancient lake species that are helping unravel why some creatures are prone to speciation and others are not.