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Hurricanes & Spiders: A Perfect Storm For Evolution

Orange and Black Spider via Pixabay
Orange and Black Spider via Pixabay

A new study released Monday shows that spiders that survive hurricanes are more aggressive.

Alex Harris of the Miami Herald reported on the study. It found that events like hurricanes can cause evolutionary changes in spiders and other creatures.

"Also lizards, that scientists found could do a better job of surviving hurricanes if they have longer legs and bigger toe pads," Harris said. "This is the first of a series of studies that look at how these animals are changing because of these extreme events."

If storms increase, so can the likelihood of these changes.

"The scientist I talked to mentioned that it looks like it will cause more rapid natural selection on some of these creatures," added Harris.

Now, scientists are looking at flying insects and the impact hurricanes have on them.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.