The Achenblog is all agog about the new species of mouse with large heads found on Cyprus. Other than its ability to be invisible to scientists up to now, just how did this species persist even with all the invasions of house mice and rats that kept coming ashore from ships?
Adaption. Cyprus may have specialized flora with large nuts that the foreign mice couldn't deal with, but the bighead mice could... large nuts like, maybe, coconuts? Rats might outcompete them for the nuts, but come a famine year and the mice may well do better than the rats because of their smaller size.
I'm tempted to propose the theory that these mice got so big-headed because they had to be brainy to avoid well-fed commando kitties.
Except that theory wouldn't explain the earlier discovery of another island mouse with a large head. This following is a photo of a Luzon island mouse.
Okay, we've spoken of mice today. Next post: MEN.
-- Wilbrod the Gnome.