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Thursday, July 19, 2012

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: ANOLE WARS (NATURAL SELECTION PHOTO BLOG)



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A couple of days ago, I did a post on the anole lizard (in love with the dead, dirty plastic bird). Anyway, the cute, loveable little green guys have another side! The males of the species turn into fierce warriors and battle each other for gold territory (usually a fence post), and to win the girls! 


Your photostudy tonight is of 2 warrior anoles in my garden. In the old days, I would have said:  "Come, take a stroll with me in the garden". Nowadays, I say:  "Scroll on down through my garden post page"!


So, Scroll On!





This anole is brown changing to green. I snapped the photo to show how they look when molting. As they grow, a new skin grows under the old one. As the outer skin gets too tight, it peels off. This guy is shedding his skin.

















Sneaking up in the background is the challenger, who also wants this post.













Okay, I am zeroed in on the action behind my fence!  The shedder has turned green. Bloody mouth begins his approach.















Here is shedder back in his corner for a breather. He has been under fierce attack from bloody mouth.

















Here bloody mouth has reached the top lamp post. You can see the hump on his back which appears in the fight mode. His lip seems to be bloodier, so he is taking some tough hits also.













bloody mouth comes down the pole closing in for the kill. (Top Attack Look).





Well it appears that shedder is ready for the battle and charges!























Shedder laughs as baby bloody mouth runs away screaming for his mama!

















Shedder proudly climbs to the top of his throne. He is King of the garden Anoles-fittest of the fit! Not only does he win the post, but also he gets first pick of the girls. His strength will be passed on to his babies!  The loser may not even find a mate. Eventually, the weakness in his line will die out.









The flowers and the anoles love the Hot Texas Sun. I see them everyday in the summer until first frost. They are strong-living and growing. Very Happy to be here.  Now if You took these flowers and anoles to a different garden location up North, they would likely die off very soon. It turns out, that environment is more important to survival than fitness or strength in regard to humans. If it gets too Hot, we will die off or too cold, same thing. It will not matter how fit or strong we are.
The human species will not survive sustained temperature extreme changes.

















Here are 2 more warriors in the front yard. Showing the mouth is important in the battle.















You can see the hump on the backs. These 2 have black behind the eyes. One is greener than the other. (probably younger).









The greener one is the challenger. He is climbing up the post already claimed by the other one.









More time seems to be spent talking about the battle, than the actual battle.

















The stare down seems to be very important-waiting and watching

















The display of fierceness and last warning to retreat.













He says:  Come on with your bad self!















Closer















Even closer

















As the top one bites down, the greener one pulls him down from the top and holds him off the post.











The greener one holds on and shakes the dangling one off to the ground. The post now belongs to Greenie-The lean, mean, green fighting machine!






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What is the meaning of "Survival of the Fittest"? (short version)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin

Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin
Three quarter length studio photo showing Darwin's characteristic large forehead and bushy eyebrows with deep set eyes, pug nose and mouth set in a determined look. He is bald on top, with dark hair and long side whiskers but no beard or moustache. His jacket is dark, with very wide lapels, and his trousers are a light check pattern. His shirt has an upright wing collar, and his cravat is tucked into his waistcoat which is a light fine checked pattern.
Darwin, aged 45 in 1854, by then working towards publication ofOn the Origin of Species
BornCharles Robert Darwin
12 February 1809
The Mount, Shrewsbury,ShropshireUnited Kingdom
Died19 April 1882 (aged 73)
Down HouseDowneKent, United Kingdom
ResidenceEngland
CitizenshipBritish
NationalityBritish
FieldsNaturalist
InstitutionsGeological Society of London
Alma mater(tertiary education):
University of Edinburgh(medicine)
University of Cambridge(ordinary Bachelor of Arts)
Academic advisorsJohn Stevens Henslow
Adam Sedgwick
Known forThe Voyage of the Beagle
On the Origin of Species
evolution by
natural selection,
common descent
InfluencesAlexander von Humboldt
John Herschel
Charles Lyell
InfluencedJoseph Dalton Hooker
Thomas Henry Huxley
George Romanes
Ernst Haeckel
Sir John Lubbock
Notable awardsRoyal Medal (1853)
Wollaston Medal (1859)
Copley Medal (1864)
SpouseEmma Darwin (1839-1896)
Charles Robert Darwin, FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an Englishnaturalist.[I] He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors,[1] and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolutionresulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existencehas a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.[2]
Darwin published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species.[3][4] By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution.[5][6] In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.[7][8]
Darwin's early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates. Studies at the University of Cambridge encouraged his passion for natural science.[9] His five-year voyageon HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyagemade him famous as a popular author.[10]
Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin began detailed investigations and in 1838 conceived his theory of natural selection.[11] Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority.[12] He was writing up his theory in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay which described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories.[13] Darwin's work established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature.[5] In 1871 he examined human evolution and sexual selection inThe Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, he examined earthworms and their effect on soil.[14]
In recognition of Darwin's pre-eminence as a scientist, he was honoured with a state funeraland buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton.[15] Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.

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