Human Activity May Have Boosted Palau Shellfish Size : TreeHugger

A new study in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows there are exceptions to the conventional eco-wisdom that increased human activity always spells harm for animals: Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that the size of one mollusk, that’s been a food source for Pacific Islanders for thousands of years, has increased in size in conjunction with human population growth.

After examining more than 1,400 shells at an archaeological site in Palau, the scientists found that the humped conch (Strombus gibberulus) increased in average length about 1.5 millimeters over the past 3,000 years–which is a small amount in the big picture, but is a 5% increase in length for the 30mm long shellfish.

via Human Activity May Have Boosted Palau Shellfish Size : TreeHugger.

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