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The Evolution of Cave Life

New concepts are challenging conventional ideas about life underground

Aldemaro Romero

2011-03RomeroF1.jpgClick to Enlarge ImageBiospeleology is the term for a fascinating annex of biology rarely visited by the nonsecialist. Biologist Aldemaro Romero reviews the characteristic evolutionary trends encountered in caves, corrects misconceptions about the loss of morphological characters like eyes and pigmentation, and delivers an enchanting picture of the habits and struggles of creatures that live in darkness.


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