Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Frogs and the City

A new frog species, Rana sp. nov, or "new frog species" has been discovered on the streets of New York City.

Once thought to be the common leopard frog, the new species sounded a unique croak.  The "short, repetitive croak" made scientists suspicious, as the leopard frogs usually emit "rapid chuckles."  Upon doing a bit of research, it was clear that there were genetic differences between the leopard frog and this hot frog in the city. [source]

Courtesy Bill Curr

The news of the emergence of an urban frog species caused me to consider the extensive nature of evolution.  New York City lacks natural space, barring Central Park, and seems uninhabitable for many animal species.  A new frog species has evolved, as its close relative adapted to the conditions of the city.  This new species now thrives.

In fact, these frogs thrive particularly well in and around Yankee Stadium [source].

Jeremy Feinberg, the doctoral candidate from Rutgers University, discovered the frog by its croak.  Naming rights have been left to him.  What would you name the new frog species?  Some suggestions I have enjoyed include "Commuter Frog," as they are often spotted in tunnels, and "Yankee Doodle Froggy."

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