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How long do new species take to evolve?

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Charles Darwin marveled at the “infinite forms more beautiful and wonderful” produced by evolution and, in fact, Land today is brimming with estimated 1 billion species. But how long did it take for those species to evolve?

The answer varies widely among life forms, “depending on taxa [type of creature] and environmental conditions,” Thomas Smith, professor of ecology and evolution biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, he told LiveScience. It ranges from human-observable timescales to tens of millions of years.

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