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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005

    Incredible Case Of The Shrinking Sheep

    And Global Warming is to blame!
    The Case of the Shrinking Sheep
    The New York Times
    On a remote Scottish island, the sheep are shrinking, and the cause appears to be the warming of winter.
    The wild Soay sheep that live on the island of Hirta in the North Atlantic have been under careful scientific observation since 1985, partly because the island ecosystem is a simple one consisting of the sheep and the vegetation they eat.

    Timothy Coulson, a professor of population biology at Imperial College London, and his colleagues analyzed the sheep data and found that the weight of the average female Soay has slimmed about three ounces a year, or about 5 percent over the past quarter-century.

    That was somewhat surprising as larger sheep have better odds of surviving, and evolution tends to favor those that are stronger.

    But thanks to changing climate, the survival of the fittest has become a bit easier, enabling more of the less fit to survive. Fall lasts now later into the year and spring arrives earlier and more of the smaller lambs, which once perished in winter, now survive to their first birthday.

    “As the winters have become shorter, the strength of selection has been reduced a little bit,” Dr. Coulson said.

    The findings were published Thursday by the journal Science on its Web site.

    Further research will look at how much of the shrinkage is caused by a shift in sheep genetics and how much is the “young mum” effect where the lambs of young mothers are smaller because the mothers themselves are not yet fully grown.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2009

    Re: Incredible Case Of The Shrinking Sheep

    I am not if this is related but:

    Does God like orgasm?

  3. #3
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    May 2005
    Planet Gong

    Re: Incredible Case Of The Shrinking Sheep

    Quote Originally Posted by BibleCode View Post
    I am not if this is related but:
    it isn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by BibleCode View Post
    Does God like orgasm?

    1The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.
    Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

    3Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
    4Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Wherever I Am

    Re: Incredible Case Of The Shrinking Sheep

    They've got it all wrong about the whole evolution bit. The sheep are just sweating off more of the weight because of the warming. Say... this island might become an ideal location for a "weight watcher's" sort of getaway resort in a few years!

    Anyone want to go in with me on some real estate? :yelcutelaughA:

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