Skip to comments.Study: Climate change affected spotted skunk evolution
Posted on 05/04/2017 7:48:23 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The western spotted skunk, the 2-pound smelly creature, evolved more than a million years ago because of climate, according to new research.
Adam Ferguson, the collections manager of mammals at the Field Museum in Chicago, is the lead author of a new study, published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, that examined how the spotted skunk can live in a variety of climates across the western United States and Mexico.
"By analyzing western spotted skunk DNA, we learned that Ice Age climate change played a crucial role in their evolution," Ferguson said in a press release. "Over the past million years, changing climates isolated groups of spotted skunks in regions with suitable abiotic conditions, giving rise to genetic sub-divisions that we still see today."
The skunks' coats are almost maze-like with black and white swirls. They ward off predators by spraying with a hand-stand, with hind legs and fluffy tail in the air.
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Must have been all those gas-guzzling SUV’s the dinosaurs were driving
Sorry....no way you can prove that.
That’s nothing. Climate changed turned one smelly skunk into a multimillionaire....Al Gore.
Climate change affected Mammoths, Mastadons and Sabertooth cats also.
Climate change made the planet inhabitable by man, thus the reason libtards hate it.
That and the pack of Winstons each day that they smoked.
Just a subset of the realization that everything is caused by global warming: http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm
The Flintstone's SUV was the cause of the end of the Glacial Period and Ice Age.
Everybody knows that it's a proven scientific fact. Can't argue with science. Case closed. End of story. No argument. Don't even try to deny it.
Arrgh! Climate change messed up the stripes of the skunk! What can it NOT do!
Thanks now if I could just remember to proof read.
But the eggheads who have been bought and paid for and the MSM have been driving their agenda for so long that children and morons think that Climate Change is an evil thing caused by man. They only started using that phrase when global temperatures started dropping. They had to do something to get rid of 'Global Warming' when it stopped happening.
They make me nuts.
Can’t be. The Humane Society says Yoplait containers have killed all the skunks.
This study stinks.
Maybe, just maybe (I’m in California, y’know) it was dinosaur “emissions” (I’d write “farts” but that’s a bit crude).
you got that right. Stinks on ice...
WTF....making a big deal out of something taught in intro bio.
Always fascinated by evolution, 'thought I'd look up human feet:
"Despite the way our species evolved away from climbing trees to walking on flat ground, some people are still walking around with monkey-like feet. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that about 1 in 13 humans may have a midtarsal break in their foot characteristic of non-human primates. These are also referred to as prehensile feet."
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