The humbling history of the tiny wasps that upset a Noah’s ark narrative

It’s the land that time forgot, a remote island whose strange life forms have survived in splendid isolation since the time of the dinosaurs. Or is it? Because while biologists have long thought this, geologists disagree. Now, genetics detectives may have closed the case with a study of tiny wasps. Their findings are a reminder that we are just part of a much bigger picture and of a story that never ends.

A typical landscape from the South of New Caledonia. The red-orange color of the rocks comes from the soil which is rich in metal oxides.

A typical landscape from the south of Grande Terre. Strange forests occupy the north of the island.

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