Darwin's Frogs Are Dead or Dying

Abby Zimet

In sorrowful confirmation of his central tenet that "species are not immutable," a species of frog named after Charles Darwin is rapidly dying off, victims of a fungal disease and, yes, habitat destruction. This, despite the males' singular ability to incubate eggs in their vocal sacs and spit out their young once full-blown - a nifty trick that alone should afford them survival, never mind that amphibians are said to have inhabited the earth for 365 million years, far longer than the mammals whose machinations are directly and indirectly so resolutely killing them off.


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