An article appearing in the BBC is claiming researchers assessing results from 185 studies conducted between 1973-2011 are claiming significant sperm count drops in men could lead to EXTINCTION of the human race! Researchers told the BBC that if this trend continues that humans may face a mass extinction event. This research was conducted at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and what they found was a 52.4% decline in sperm concentration and a 59.3% decline in total sperm count in men…..FROM……
and New Zealand.
The study also indicated that the rate of decline in men living in these countries is continuing and maybe even increasing. Other researchers are not so sure about this including myself! Continue Reading
Horses in Pleistocene Park, Siberia
In northeastern Siberia near the Kolyma River south of Chersky in the Sakha Republic of Russia scientists are attempting to recreate a subarctic steppe grassland ecosystem that existed during the last ice age. Led by Dr Sergey Zimov the project aims to give support to the hypothesis that overhunting and not climate change was the main cause of wildlife extinction and the disappearance of grasslands at the end of the Pleistocene. An additional aim of the project is to research climate effects on the ecosystem with the hypothesis being that the change from tundra to grasslands will result in higher energy emissions and energy absorption in the area leading to less thawing of the permafrost and, thereby, less emission of greenhouse gases. Continue Reading
The field of genetic research continues to be fascinating and more and more it’s becoming possible to bring back extinct species such as the woolly mammoth but my question is, “is it wise?”.
I’d love to see a real living woolly mammoth or a big breathing sabre tooth cat and genetic science is now on the verge of being able to bring such creatures back into existence but for what purpose? Marketing? Zoo exhibits? Personal pets or oddities?
The ecosystems that these extinct animals existed in are no longer present on our planet for the most part. Climate change helped spur their extinction. To bring them back just to satisfy our own curiosity might not be such a good idea. Would they survive in today’s environment? What about the disease factor? Continue Reading
According to an article appearing on Science Daily (10 May 2017) African lions are now under the same threats of extinction that wiped out sabre-toothed tigers at the end of the last ice age. Primarily, this extinction was to loss of prey that the sabre-tooths depended on for food so as the prey began to die and go extinct so did these large cats. Scientist now say that the African lion now faces extinction for the same reason and so do the world’s other big cats such as the Sunda clouded leopard.
The study was conducted by the University of Sussex and other institutions. They concluded that ice age trends can now be applied to our own modern day big cats. In studying the extinction of several ice age big cats they discovered that if these animals were alive today only an average of 25% of their preferred prey would still remain across their natural regions. The research team postulated that the devastating loss of prey species was a major contributing factor in the extinction of these ice age big cats. Continue Reading
This post was formerly entitled: “The Pericues: Proof of Homo erectus in Baja”—–
The Pericues also known as the Pericu, Cora, and Edues were the aboriginal inhabitants of the Cape Region which is the southernmost end of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sine the late 18th century, sadly, they have been culturally and linguistically extinct.
Baja California Native American Tribes
Of special interest here is that these people had very distinctive hyperdolichocephic skulls. That is, they were known for their distinctive long headed skulls. Some researchers believe that the Pericu were either were trans-Pacific migrants or remnants of some of the oldest colonizers of the New World. Their burials feature remains painted with red ochre (Las Palmas burial complex) which sometimes were deposited in caves or under rock shelters. These people used the atlatl and darts along with the bow and arrow up through the 17th century. When the Spanish came to the Americas they enslaved the Pericu until they revolted in 1734. The revolt lasted for two years until the Spanish reasserted authority over them. Many of the Pericu died of diseases brought by the Spanish as well. Continue Reading
Archaeologists don’t know why the Clovis Culture and beasts such as the saber-toothed tiger, the Mammoth, and Mastodon suddenly disappeared. The Clovis people lived around 12.8 kya and a recent discovery might shed some light on their disappearance along with their furry friends. A study conducted by the University of South Carolina has found an abundance of platinum at 11 Clovis sites across the US. Platinum is an element associated with asteroids and comets and other space objects.
This study adds to a previous study by Harvard University researchers who found platinum in ice core samples from Greenland back in 2013. The SC researchers found an abundance of the element in sediment layers that coincide with the Younger Dryas period which was a period of extreme cooling beginning about 12.8 kya and lasting for 1400 years. This period saw the return of ice age conditions for that period and the cause of this is uncertain. What we do know is that it brought about the demise of the Clovis Culture and that there appears to have been a MASS EXTINCTION event in North America at the time. Continue Reading
It’s been snowing in the Middle East in such places as the United Arab Emirates and also in the Sahara (for the first time in about 37 years) in case you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately. That’s pretty bizarre! Now comes a new study from the University of California in Santa Barbara saying the oceans are absorbing more CO2 and that this has been going on for the past decade. What that means is that LESS of this GREENHOUSE GAS is going into the atmosphere and thus slowing global warming meaning global cooling may be happening! Rising levels of CO2 in the oceans is thought to be caused in part by a slowing of the ocean’s overturning circulation. This, frankly, could spell BAD NEWS for us!
Some scientists have said that global warming due to CO2 in the atmosphere may be a blessing as it may be slowing down ice age conditions on planet Earth. Of course these scientists are mocked and marginalized by the man-caused global warming gang who continue to push their agenda that man is the major cause of such warming. Of course then we have NASA and NOAA being caught redhanded a few days ago fudging temp data from Central Africa claiming it is the hottest in that area it’s ever been! Yet people in Central Africa say it is NORMAL and come to find out neither NASA or NOAA have anything beyond a few thermometers in the region to begin with! LIARS!! CHARLATANS!!
Now returning to my subject at hand………….the ocean’s circulation is slowing down and the effect is keeping more CO2 in the ocean which means less CO2 is going into the atmosphere and thus means warming has slowed for the past 10 years or more and that means cooling.
Now of course it is thought that ice ages develop due to changes in the earth’s rotation which is not stable like we think. These wobbles are known as the Milankovitch Cycles. The earth’s rotation wobbles like a gyroscope and this alters the amount of solar radiation that hits the earth. Further, the earth’s orbit around the Sun is NOT a perfect circle like some think but is instead elliptical and varies over time. Further, keeping in mind that we are ALREADY IN AN ICE AGE known as the Quaternary Period at present for the past 10-12 thousand years we’ve been in a warming period and common sense along with geologic history tells us that SOMEDAY the ice WILL return. Is that now? Continue Reading