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Last week, as mentioned previously, I attended a very inspiring interdisciplinary meeting at the Royal Society. It would be impossible for me to describe all 47 talks in detail; but I thought that I would take the time to discuss one representative talk, presented by Rosemary Grant FRS, on her research (together with several collaborators, including her husband), on the ongoing evolution (and speciation) of Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos islands; this was a particularly striking talk for me, as I had not been aware that such dramatic microevolutionary changes could be seen in real-time (Grant and her co-authors have tracked multiple generations of these finches for 35 years!). They have several interesting results; the talk that I am reproducing here is largely based on this article in Evolution.

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