New scientific findings challenge the theory of evolution and could have massive impact for how we consider resource consumption and biodiversity in the future.

For the most part, the theory of evolution is taken for granted as a sound scientific explanation of how life develops. Indeed, the major tenets of the theory beyond ‘survival of the fittest’ ( in any environment there will be a best species or best traits of a species, and over time they will dominate) are not well known; for instance Darwinism also holds that complex environments are needed to support diverse populations.

Intensive research with bacteria at University of Exeter have revealed startling results that problematize this theory: unexpected biodiversity in non-complex surroundings. The groundbreaking results have an interesting moral to impart: the key to this biodiversity lies in how the bacteria utilise resources (in their case, how they extract energy from food):

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