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Ancient Warming Shrunk Horses to Housecat Size
Yahoo/LiveScience.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas

Posted on 02/23/2012 11:33:29 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

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To: Eldon Tyrell

Yes, I agree about the compulsion to link CO2 and climate warming in general. The subject is still in its infancy, and most scientists have egos (publish or perish, don’t you know!) which translates into a rush to garner headlines.

As you may have guessed, I have a geeky desire to read about paleontology and geologic past events. One of the books I have is by Peter D. Ward, Out Of Thin Air (2006), which discusses the Permian oxygen crash which could have caused the massive, catastrophic extinction associated with that period.

His book is NOT an exciting read, in fact it is quite dry. But he does a very good job of explaining why dinosaurs evolved with the ability to husband oxygen in their bodies, with birds being the connection between the present and the past. He also explains why and how the oxygen crash may have happened 251Million years ago. Chapter 7 is the most interesting part of the book. Ward also details the rise and fall of CO2 as it corresponds with oxygen pecentages in the atmosphere.


51 posted on 02/23/2012 1:00:45 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Maybe that’s what I meant! The ole memory is getting a little aged...


52 posted on 02/23/2012 1:11:26 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag

53 posted on 02/23/2012 1:26:40 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro; Free ThinkerNY; Slings and Arrows
Here's a photo for comparison.


54 posted on 02/23/2012 2:32:16 PM PST by Lady Jag (Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught)
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To: HamiltonJay; SunkenCiv
and what did the other 2/3’s do?

46th Post. I was getting worried.

I also have not seen anyone ask, "which came first: the temp rise or the CO^2 rise?"

Also, they state that the temp rose 10C over a 175,000 year period. If it weren't a rise, I might have called that 1/17C per MILLENIUM change (ahem) "glacial".

And, finally, the piece de resistance: But by 130,000 years into the PETM, Sifrihippus had shrunk down to only about 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg), the size of a small housecat. These humble horses then experienced a size rebound, bulking up to about 15 pounds (7 kg) in the last 45,000 years of this warm period, putting them on par with the average bichon frise.

These things went from 12 -> 8.5 (a 1/3 decrease in size) over a 130,000 year period, as it warmed; then, as it FURTHER warmed, (or at least remained as warm) in 1/3 the time, went from 8.5 -> 15...NEARLY DOUBLING in size!

Warmth is amazing! It shrinks AND it expands!

55 posted on 02/23/2012 7:34:27 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If any of their "Alternatives" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: All

Penguins and polar bears are next!


56 posted on 02/23/2012 7:39:40 PM PST by 4yearlurker
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To: equaviator

The horses had to get small to fit into the cars they needed to drive in order to stop global warming. This all makes more sense now!/s/


57 posted on 02/23/2012 8:15:40 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is from 2/23/2012. Thanks Free ThinkerNY.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


58 posted on 04/15/2013 7:37:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Whoops, missed your ping last year.


59 posted on 04/15/2013 7:39:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The big question...

Could they be litter box trained??

If so, a see a potential market here - kind of like those little annoying dogs that girls carry in purses, but cooler - way cooler!


60 posted on 04/15/2013 7:40:49 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: dfwgator

A pony walks into a bar and says “Bartender, may I have a drink?”
Bartender says “What? I can’t hear you. Speak up!”
“May I please have a drink?”
“What? You have to speak up!”
“Could I please have a drink?”
“Now listen, if you don’t speak up I will not serve you.”
“I’m sorry, I’m just a little hoarse.”


61 posted on 04/15/2013 8:16:31 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

‘sat on his ass all day while cavemen paid him in skins and rocks for starting fires.’

Sorry to say that you got this one wrong, GrandJediMasterYoda.

Al Gores caveman ancestor, Croman Gore, was busy inventing the RockNet in those days so he was not able to turn his attentions to the daily weather.

P.S. Get a shorter name


62 posted on 04/15/2013 8:24:34 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Amazingly, no one has correlated original furlong length, to the breed size. Idiots.


63 posted on 04/15/2013 8:26:10 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, look at it this way - 3 foot humans would relieve overcrowding (sarcasm)


64 posted on 04/15/2013 10:55:16 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I know!!

The same thing happens when I put my clothes in the dryer!


65 posted on 04/16/2013 7:39:32 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If global warming shrunk horses to the size of a cat, why are people taller now than they were back in olden days?


66 posted on 04/16/2013 7:40:21 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

67 posted on 04/16/2013 8:13:15 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’d like to see the supporting research on this one. Not passing the smell test yet.


68 posted on 04/16/2013 1:45:18 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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