Another Glory of Global Warming?

Not only may we be able to grow vines in Vineland the Good again, but we may come to understand evolution as ancient life wakes up in Siberia.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am just waiting for someone to discover that climate cycling is Nature's version of crop rotation, and beneficial to our ecosystem, generally.

Valerie

E Hines said...

What's happening in Siberia's thawing permafrost and Greenland's melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants, and even animals have been cryogenically frozen there for millennia—and now, they are waking up.

Sounds like a Hollywood movie. Heh.

Eric Hines

Eric Blair said...

Get back to me when we can hunt mammoth again.

E Hines said...

With period-authentic spears and cliffs.

Eric Hines

Jason said...

As if the giant holes in Siberia weren't sufficient proof that the Old Ones are returning...

Grim said...

Ragnarok is coming! But wasn't that a new ice age? Uh-oh.

MikeD said...

I am getting just exhausted with the Global Warming nonsense. I see all manner of folks tout the latest "It's official! If you are under 30, you've never lived through a single month where the average global temperature was below average!!!" And I just want to smack them. Literally, for all the temperature station "manipulations" done to "rectify" the actual data, they still are claiming that global temperatures have risen.... less than 0.2 degrees Centigrade. And that's the HIGH estimate. Seriously. And we're supposed to be worked up about this?

douglas said...

"Sounds like a Hollywood movie. Heh."

Too much so- I don't trust Gizmodo- and the claim that someone "Hatched" 700 year old eggs from the bottom of a Minnesota Lake sounded to me like if it were true, it would have been all over the news. Following the link from Gizmodo, I don't think that's what happened- it sounds to me more like they recovered useable DNA samples, unless I'm misreading it, which is certainly possible. "Furthermore, phenotypic assays on the oldest resurrected metazoan genotypes (potentially as old as c. 700 years) indicate significant shifts in phosphorus utilisation rates compared to younger genotypes."

E Hines said...

...it sounds to me more like they recovered useable DNA samples

Absolutely possible. Tens of thousands-year-old DNA useable samples have been recovered from Neanderthal, homo sapiens, and Denisovans--at least useable enough to assay and outline "family" trees, and in some cases to trace
human migration into and through Europe.

Eric Hines