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JamieV. jamievande@freenet.de
Wed, 09 May 2007 02:26:28 PDT
Joe , et al,

evolution and its understanding are absolutely fascinating.  One of 
lifes great puzzles.  As Joe mentioned, Linneaus did us a great wrong in 
many of his conclusions, but I do not see this as diminishing his work.  
He is a product of his times and was undoubtedly under political und 
religious pressures, whether he actually believed in them or not.  Not 
important to this discussion group.

One of the newer and definitly heretical theories on evolution is that 
of reticulation.  I first came across this in my research of marine 
corals and their speciation, which is just as confusing, if not more so, 
as with terrestrial plants.  Below are a few links that discuss this theory.

Short composed, it supports the idea of hybridization in the creation of 
new "species".  Again, challenging the idea that species are immutable 
entities, which most serious researches have long discarded.  
Essentially, we do not have a tree of evolution, rather a net of 
evolution (reticulate means netted).  Various autart entities 
criss-cross through time and hybridize, often/eventually die out in 
their previous form and continue to evolve through mutation and further 
hybridization.  The mechanism is largely controled via natural barriers, 
such as mountains, valley, seas, and in the oceans via changes in 
currents and moving land masses.

For myself, this is a theory that fits well with what we see and 
experience in plants and animals; endless variation and close 
relationships.  It, also, helps to explain the apparently disparate 
results currently reported from gene researchers (bacterial genes in the 
human genome!  Very interesting and humbling (for us or the bacteria 
remains to be answered. LOL)).




There are many articles available on the internet, these are just a few 
that caught my interest.

On the gardening side of life, we are experiencing one of the earliest 
and hottest (not to mention dry!) Springs on record in Europe.  My 
garden is at least three weeks ahead with the first Hemerocallis 
blooming, which typically start the first week of June.  I experienced a 
once in a lifetime event, Narcissus, tulips, Wisteria, tree paeonys, 
roses and daylilies all blooming together!  Interestingly, most bulbs 
have remained on their normal schedule, only being a week earlier with 
the Alliums.

Ciao für now,

Jamie V.

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