Hybrid animals are not nature's misfits

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May 4, 2021

Hybrid Animals Are Not Nature's Misfits

By Ashley Yeager

In the 20th century, animals such as mules and ligers that had parents of different species were considered biological flukes, but genetic sequencing is beginning to unravel the critical role of hybridization in evolution.

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By Lisa Winter

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By Shawna Williams

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Infographic: Animals of Different Species Hybridize

By Ashley Yeager

The offspring of crosses between related species can sometimes fill a new environmental niche, and such hybridizations may even lead to speciation.

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