Oh, Noes, Climate Change Could Create Hybrid Species

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Shrinking ice sheets in the Arctic Ocean could be promoting breeding between different species, creating hybrid whales and bears, according to a paper published on Thursday in the journal Nature.

“Could be.” This isn’t science, it’s simply conjecture.

As global temperatures rise, scientists have noted that sea ice in the Arctic is getting thinner. They expect that by midcentury, a passage through the ice sheet will be available for at least one month each summer.

A paper by a trio of researchers explores what the loss of this nearly-continent-size barrier could mean for species inhabiting the region. The paper lists 22 species that are at risk of hybridization, including the narwhal and the polar bear. Of those, about 14 are threatened or will soon be threatened. They say that such interbreeding between such species is already occurring — an animal that was a mix of grizzly bear and polar bear was found in 2006, for example — and will probably increase.

Say, I wondered what has happened all those numerous times in the past when this has happened?

The long-term results could be devastating because the genes of many of these species developed over millenniums in isolated populations, giving these Arctic marine animals sets of fine-tuned adaptations that helping them uniquely thrive in the harsh environment, the researchers write.

Oh, so, they’ve developed over millenniums, which include cold and warm periods, and they’ve come through just fine? Well, that’s weird. Anyhow, notice that the left’s precious Darwinism, including survival of the fittest, adaption, and evolution, just disappears?

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8 Responses to “Oh, Noes, Climate Change Could Create Hybrid Species”

  1. Dave says:

    Um, wouldn’t this be creating “diversity”, which is supposed to be a good thing?

  2. John Ryan says:

    All true believers in the Bible would know that this is nonsense. Everybody knows that God makes everything not “nature”

  3. gitarcarver says:

    All true believers in the Bible would know that this is nonsense. Everybody knows that God makes everything not “nature”

    So your ignorance has evolved from what?

    Once again, you make a comment on that which you have no knowledge.

    You just hate all religious people.

  4. captainfish says:

    Wait, so global warming will undo science? I thought cross-species breeding was impossible but now warming temps will allow cats and dogs to breed? Will it now allow bears and whales to breed? How about a fish and a tiger? What about a monkey and a snail?

    Ok, let me get this right. As Artic ice thins, polar bears will hybridize with….. what? Other polar bears? Or Narwhals?

    Quote:
    The paper lists 22 species that are at risk of hybridization, including the narwhal and the polar bear. Of those, about 14 are threatened or will soon be threatened. They say that such interbreeding between such species is already occurring

    OMG>. Cats and Dogs… living together.. MASS HYSTERIA!!!!

  5. Stogie says:

    The article at the UK Independent claims that a hybrid bear was found that is a mix of Polar bear and Brown bear. There are hybrids that occasionally appear in the wild, like a lion crossed with a tiger. The lion, however, claims to have been really drunk.

  6. serfer62 says:

    Evoultion!!!

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