These meat-eating plants won the evolutionary jackpot

From Science Magazine.

Carnivorous plants have evolved all kinds of traps and tricks to capture their prey, from the snapping jaws of Venus flytraps to the slippery walls of pitcher plants. While we often think of evolution as a process driven by strong selective pressure and big payoffs, researchers recently found that doesn’t always have to be the case. Biologists Ulrike Bauer and Guillaume Chomicki describe how a springboard-like lid on evolved independently in two different pitcher plant species on opposite sides of the world through a process they call spontaneous coincidence.

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