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Legless frogs mystery solved
bbc ^ | 25 June 2009 | Matt Walker

Posted on 06/29/2009 5:22:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Scientists think they have resolved one of the most controversial environmental issues of the past decade: the curious case of the missing frogs' legs. Around the world, frogs are found with missing or misshaped limbs, a striking deformity that many researchers believe is caused by chemical pollution. However, tests on frogs and toads have revealed a more natural, benign cause. The deformed frogs are actually victims of the predatory habits of dragonfly nymphs, which eat the legs of tadpoles.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: demagogicparty; environmentalism; frog; frogs


1 posted on 06/29/2009 5:22:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
a striking deformity that many researchers believe is caused by chemical pollution.
Researchers? Enviro-whackos is more like it.
2 posted on 06/29/2009 5:26:13 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Dragonfly Nymph


3 posted on 06/29/2009 5:35:23 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: oh8eleven
Researchers?

Well "researchers" who, ya know, didn't actually do any...research.

4 posted on 06/29/2009 5:36:55 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: JoeProBono

Wait... That can’t be right. {cue Marvin the Martian voice-over} There is supposed to be a reason for this that traces back to Global Warming! {end voice-over}


5 posted on 06/29/2009 5:37:39 AM PDT by CodeMasterPhilzar (I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom. You can keep the "change.")
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To: oh8eleven

Frogs eat bugs. Bugs snack on parts of tadpoles, who grow up to eat bugs.

Mother Nature is a mean momma!


6 posted on 06/29/2009 5:41:01 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JoeProBono

Nothing like forensic entomology.


7 posted on 06/29/2009 5:41:45 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: pointsal

8 posted on 06/29/2009 5:45:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s not a “mystery” at all!

...National Lampoon magazine cartoon... circa 1970s...

...Frogs in wheelchairs rolling out of “Frog Leg” factory...

Does anyone have it as a .jpg they can post?


9 posted on 06/29/2009 6:02:01 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16)
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To: JoeProBono

Whew! I am so relieved. Mankind is not responsible for this...mother nature is.


10 posted on 06/29/2009 6:03:24 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: JoeProBono

You mean the gloabal warming researchers DIDN’T DO ANY ACTUAL ‘RESEARCH’??

I’m shocked.. SHOCKED I tell you!

oh- and outraged (OUTRAGED!)


11 posted on 06/29/2009 6:12:16 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: oh8eleven
Researchers? Enviro-whackos is more like it.

You're rigth oh8eleven, when the MSM doesn't mention who the "researchers" are - good chance it's an enviro-whacko who also backs Gore's global warming bulls-it.

If they have "proof" they should name it - and the researhers and the study - and where the information was published.

None of us believe so called "scientists" on faith any more. Especially un-named ones quoted by the MSM...

12 posted on 06/29/2009 6:13:45 AM PDT by GOPJ (Iran's leaders have the same values as ACORN & Alinsky- no wonder they assumed Obama wouldn't object)
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To: GOPJ

When me and my bro were kids, there were a lot of wingless flies in our neighborhood... :-)


13 posted on 06/29/2009 6:16:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: WayneS

14 posted on 06/29/2009 6:17:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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15 posted on 06/29/2009 6:27:24 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: WayneS
The National Lampoon version.


16 posted on 06/29/2009 6:31:39 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: JoeProBono

17 posted on 06/29/2009 6:32:19 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Thank you. That’s the one.


18 posted on 06/29/2009 6:35:29 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16)
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19 posted on 06/29/2009 6:41:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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20 posted on 06/29/2009 6:47:49 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: All

Wish I knew more when I was a kid....like froglegs taste like chicken...


21 posted on 06/29/2009 8:05:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: JoeProBono; Mr. K
Beat you by a weekend. Had this out last Friday!

Still needs to be read.

Mr K. It's not envirowackos. Go to the BBC and read. This article referenced research from both sides of the pond as they say. The two phenomena (legless frogs, Frogs with extraneous limbs) have been used for 20+ years to bolster the envirowackos position that American pollution destroying mother Gaia. The British researchers found the same problems in British frog populations(even mentioned that they had thought it was a uniquely American problem). The Researchers mentioned identified two natural causes for phenomena. Dragonfly nymphs and a parasite that rearranges the leg growth bud.

This is a good example of how the Scientific method should work.

Regards,
Bonehead

22 posted on 06/29/2009 8:08:01 AM PDT by BoneHead
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To: oh8eleven

Are you stirring trouble again.... LOL

It’s amazing at how many man-made issues are actually natural.


23 posted on 06/29/2009 8:33:05 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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Are you stirring trouble again.
Why would I stop now?
24 posted on 06/29/2009 11:44:10 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Dudoight

This story will be spiked on college campuses across the land....


25 posted on 06/29/2009 12:15:44 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: JoeProBono; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Around the world, frogs are found with missing or misshaped limbs, a striking deformity that many researchers believe is caused by chemical pollution. However, tests on frogs and toads have revealed a more natural, benign cause. The deformed frogs are actually victims of the predatory habits of dragonfly nymphs, which eat the legs of tadpoles.
The next unsubstantiated claim from the Luddites will be that the dragonfly nymphs' activities have been accelerated by the same unspecified chemicals.
26 posted on 06/29/2009 6:31:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: JoeProBono

Tastes like chicken


27 posted on 06/29/2009 7:11:43 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: oh8eleven

I would expect nothing less....

I’m on my shutdown... too much rain to get much done outside.


28 posted on 06/30/2009 6:02:53 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I remember that cartoon well, thanks for posting.

Now, lets hear the one about Nadia Comaneci (lol)


29 posted on 06/30/2009 6:08:20 AM PDT by Loud Mime (It all makes sense when you understand that Obama is a Muslim.)
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