Evolution is skewed in favor of laziest species

Sep 04, 2018, 8:26 AM EDT
(Source: Kevin Cabral/flickr)
(Source: Kevin Cabral/flickr)

Our world may look down upon couch-potatoes, but nature has its own way of rewarding the laziest of species. After analyzing the metabolic rates of 299 species in the period of roughly 5 million years from the mid-Pliocene to the present, researchers found a positive correlation between high energy uptake and the extinction likelihood.

Sluggishness appears to be a fruitful evolutionary strategy and could prove to be an important predictor of extinction probability, writes Science Daily.

As climate change threatens to transform almost all ecosystems, the findings of the study could help conservationists zero in on the species most likely to go extinct, reports Chicago Tribune.