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Oct 12

What’s the alternative

One of the questions I am pretty good at asking myself when presented with a conclusion is “what’s the alternative.”

The benefits of 80 million years without sex from PhysOrg.com

Scientists have discovered how a microscopic organism has benefited from nearly 80 million years without sex.

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80 million years is quite a long time.  If you read the article, the benefit is that the organism can hibernate for years when it has no water to live in.  But what kinds of benefits might that organism have received from 80 million years of sexual reproduction?  I can think of at least one major order that has developed a tremendous number of new abilities and benefits over that timeframe.

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