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Darwinian transformation of a 'scarcely nutritious fluid' into milk

Holt, C; Carver, John

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In an early challenge to an aspect of Darwin's theory of natural selection, Jackson Mivart contended that milk could not have evolved 'from a scarcely nutritious fluid from an accidentally hypertrophied cutaneous gland'. The evolutionary change from a gland secretion to milk involves an increase in calcium and protein concentrations by up to 100- and 1000-fold, respectively. Even so, the challenge, we suggest, is not just a problem of scale. An increase in the concentrations of calcium and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78126
Source: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02509.x

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