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Little People: Will Climate Change Shrink the Species?
| February 24, 2012
| By JEFFREY KLUGER
Posted on 02/26/2012 9:27:36 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
If you think there are no new reasons to get freaked out by climate change, try this: Theres at least a theoretical possibility that a warmer and warmer world could lead to tinier and tinier humans. Thats the inevitable conclusion of a just-published study of Siferhippus sandae, the littlest horse that ever lived.
The Siferhippus sandae first appeared about 56 million years ago, and it was never a terribly prepossessing creature, weighing no more than 12 lbs. (5.5 kg). While it was not exactly built for steeplechase running, its skeletal architecture not to mention its unmistakably equine face mark it as a great-great-granddaddy of the modern horse.
But while the little critter had a grand evolutionary future in front of it, it came into the world at an unfortunate time an era known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), when a sharp spike in atmospheric CO2 led to a 10º F (5.5º C) rise in global temperature. In geological terms, the PETM didnt last long just 175,000 years but biology moves faster than geology, and plenty of species felt the effects, with some existing ones dying out and other, new ones emerging. The Siferhippus sandae, it turns out, did something else, shrinking by about 30%, to 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg) or about the size of a house cat during the first 130,000 years of the PETM.
(Excerpt) Read more at ecocentric.blogs.time.com ...
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climategate; failure; hoax; socialism
Well, there goes moooo-cheles “get moving” movement!
posted on 02/26/2012 9:31:47 AM PST
(Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
Yeah, if the opposite applied, Eskimos would be GIANTS wouldn’t they?
posted on 02/26/2012 9:35:29 AM PST
(I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
posted on 02/26/2012 9:38:34 AM PST
by VRW Conspirator
(Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
It seems to me that global warming has shrunk the brain size and capacity of all of the believers in the cult.
posted on 02/26/2012 9:38:37 AM PST
(I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
[. . .it came into the world at an unfortunate time an era known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), when a sharp spike in atmospheric CO2 led to a 10º F (5.5º C) rise in global temperature. . .]
The cave dwellers of that era ignored warnings that their over-sized vehicles, urban sprawl, heavy industry and smoke spewing metropolises would raise the average temperature.
posted on 02/26/2012 9:38:42 AM PST
by Brad from Tennessee
(A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
posted on 02/26/2012 9:39:28 AM PST
by al baby
I just love little people. In fact, I’m nuts over them.
posted on 02/26/2012 9:41:45 AM PST
(ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
posted on 02/26/2012 9:42:19 AM PST
posted on 02/26/2012 9:43:22 AM PST
Didn’t Dinosaurs evolve when most of the planet was in a warming phase? Wasn’t the woolly mammoth around during the ice age? Sounds like Time magazine is desperate to be seen as relevant once again.
So it will be just “person tossing?”
posted on 02/26/2012 9:50:20 AM PST
(Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
I’m a 5’10” woman - I’m only this tall because I grew up in the 70’s during the Ice Age (Makes sense...don’t it)
Darn Ice Age - so hard to find tall pants......
posted on 02/26/2012 9:51:05 AM PST
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Maybe then humans will be able to fit into airplane seats.
posted on 02/26/2012 9:52:36 AM PST
(Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
Until I hear what Matt Roloff has to say about this, I will reserve judgment.
posted on 02/26/2012 9:55:36 AM PST
by Kickass Conservative
(Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
I don’t know about it shrinking the size of the people but the puppet masters behind the carbon tax scheme want to shrink the size of the population.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:00:02 AM PST
Israel, in a warm climate, has the shortest average height.
Evolution is hard to predict. It has, on islands, selected both for small elephants, and large rats. First, the variation has to appear, and then the selection has to perfer a given variation. We don’t know if cold weather would select larger mass/surface area or smaller area so that warm winter coats (or burrows) can be provided.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:01:06 AM PST
(Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
Theres at least a theoretical possibility that a warmer and warmer world could lead to tinier and tinier humans.
No, there isn't. Even if a warmer global temperature was proven to result in smaller-sized fauna (and that hasn't happened yet), technology already makes natural selection largely irrelevant to humans. And our control over our bodies is only going to become more refined and more powerful - 100 years from now, whether a person is 5 feet tall or 7 feet tall will be decided by that person, not by the temperature.
Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), when a sharp spike in atmospheric CO2 led to a 10º F (5.5º C) rise in global temperature. In geological terms, the PETM didnt last long just 175,000 years..
Did the CO2 spike lead to heating or did heating cause the spike?
posted on 02/26/2012 10:01:55 AM PST
by Mike Darancette
(Romney just makes me tired all over.)
To: Oldeconomybuyer; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Signs say YES.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:08:46 AM PST
by a fool in paradise
(If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
If I'm not mistaken, in biblical times and even in our revolutionary times, everyone was significantly shorter......to the point where my average 6ft 230lbs body would have been considered a freak-of-nature or 'giant'.
This tells me that climate had/has almost nothing to do with our "size" over time. Instead a better diet & better medicine has/had everything to do with our 'size'.
I concur that these failing leftist rags are grasping at shorter and shorter straws to try and keep their noses above water.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:11:10 AM PST
(Freerepublic is a great site for conservative news, if you can stomach the cop hating.)
If you think there are no new reasons to get freaked out by climate change, try this:
If you think there are no new reasons lie about climate change, try Time.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:14:04 AM PST
(If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
To: Defendingliberty; TenthAmendmentChampion; SolitaryMan; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; grey_whiskers; ...
posted on 02/26/2012 10:15:40 AM PST
(Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
what happened to the pres-ent...
posted on 02/26/2012 10:18:30 AM PST
(You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
The original story was published simply to push the theory, once again, that additional CO2 in the atmosphere causes a major increase of global temperatures. Previous research has shown that increase in atmospheric CO2 follows temperature increase, so, once again, this garbage has but one purpose, to promote the man made global warming hoax.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:23:26 AM PST
(Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
these gm ‘fairy stories’ are starting to remind me of the ‘reefer madness’ studies of the 80s...every month there was a different one saying weed would make you psychotic, make you gay, make you grow breasts etc etc etc
waiting to see when these gm ‘scientists’ start aiming ‘between the legs’ so to speak...then youll know theyre desperate
posted on 02/26/2012 10:31:26 AM PST
Where do these idiots come up with this. It was a damn little horse. It didn’t turn into trigger.
Smaller Carbon footprints from smaller people?
The Greenies should be 100% for it.
Maybe even 110% - No! Wait! - make it 117%.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:46:05 AM PST
by Iron Munro
("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
Dear Jeff (CO TIME Magazine) - if you’re going to steal my Kentucky Derby joke, at least credit me. I guess integrity is shrinking at TIME.
posted on 02/26/2012 10:51:32 AM PST
("A crack shot and a good dancer")
I like little women! They make some things look,,,errrr,,,,,larger!
To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Gives new meaning to pole dancing
posted on 02/26/2012 11:40:10 AM PST
by al baby
To: al baby
“Gives new meaning to pole dancing”
Ummmm,,,,errrr, Uh, Polish folk dancing, right?
What he lacked in size he made up in evilness.
posted on 02/26/2012 12:10:11 PM PST
(You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
Oh, so they believe that environment can affect genetics?
posted on 02/26/2012 1:13:39 PM PST
More egregious silliness from the folks over at Time magazine.
To: Pride in the USA
posted on 02/26/2012 1:58:36 PM PST
(Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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