Why aren't rabbits green?

jos van den broek josbroek at EURONET.NL
Wed Oct 16 02:32:50 EST 1996


Why aren't rabbits green? Why aren't they armor-plated? Why aren't they 6' tall?
Too bad that too many people still think about evolution in the old-fashioned 
predator-prey relationships. Would it be good for a rabbit population that even 
a feeble, green specimen could survive and have offspring? Doesn't 'predation' 
play an extremely important role in 'survival of the fittest' rabbits? Didn't 
rabbits develop other traits (like reproduction rate, sprinting speed, smell and
hearing apparatus) to make them survive? To my opinion these made rabbits quite 
successful...

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