BRIDGING THE CHASM BETWEEN AFRICAN ROCKRUBBERS AND AUSTRALIAN ROCKHOPPERS
Have rock hyraxes been shaped by a capricious Creator, or just recreational killing by baboons?
LATERAL THOUGHTS IN SEARCH OF EVER MORE INTERESTING STORIES FROM BIOLOGY. Robin and the Honey Badger’s mission is to re-charge biology with originality for you, the non-specialist reader. In this e-essay: have rock hyraxes been shaped by a capricious Creator, or just recreational killing by baboons? We arrive at this original question by daring to negotiate the phylogenetic gulf between what zoologists have traditionally seen as separate creations: the eutherian mammals of Africa and the metatherian mammals of Australia. Our interpretation helps to make sense of the lack of evolutionary convergence between rock hyraxes and rock-wallabies – a seemingly monolithic anomaly defying the contours of biological cause and effect.