Climate change and deforestation are prompting primates to make an evolutionary leap that, according to modern scientists, turned our distant ancestors into humans.
Somewhere between three and four million years ago, the most distant ancestors of humans stopped swinging in trees and began to walk on the ground. And now the same process is repeating itself, the researchers suggested.
Monkey and lemur species that have lived in trees for millennia are beginning to spend more and more time on the forest floor in response to deforestation and climate change, reports www.washingtonpost.com.
A study based on more than 150,000 hours of observations of 47 tree-dwelling primate species in 70 locations across Madagascar and the Americas found that habitat change is a global trend.
Giuseppe Donati of Oxford Brookes University says tree dwellers are forced to descend to the ground in search of shade and water as forest temperatures continue to rise.
He told New Scientist: “In most of the tropical countries where these species live, people are deforesting. This creates gaps and opens up the forest canopy, which causes temperatures to rise.”
He added that deforestation is “working in tandem with climate change” to force animals to find new habitats.
One example he found was the bamboo lemur from Madagascar. They, like most lemur species, spend almost their entire lives in trees. But in the south of Madagascar, where forest cover is becoming increasingly rare, bamboo lemurs are accustomed to grazing in the meadows – “like little cows.”
It is not known for certain what made our most distant ancestors leave the trees and begin to roam the African savannah. It is widely believed that habitat change has been caused by climate change.
However, these current changes are happening much faster than the natural fluctuations in Earth’s climate that have occurred in the past, and it will be difficult for apes to adapt in the way that humans once did.
Timothy Eppley of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance says: “None of the species we have studied is likely to fully transition to a terrestrial lifestyle. It’s just an unrealistic long-term outcome that can happen in such a short amount of time.”
He says the tree-dwelling monkeys must be saved from a new mass extinction that is currently drastically reducing the planet’s biodiversity.
CNN Anchor Claims Dangerous Filthy Slums in America Are ‘Vibrant Expressions of Democracy’
CNN host Fareed Zakaria aired an astonishing rant this past
weekend arguing that major US cities are filthy and dangerous because of
“democracy,” and that makes them more “vibrant.”
Zakaria was attempting to provide a counter argument to Tucker
Carlson’s recent report that Russia’s subways are nicer than America’s.
Modernity.news reports: “American cities are expressions of democracy,” Zakaria asserted, claiming they are “places where people have to negotiate differences and find ways to live together, that makes them messier and dirtier and sometimes chaotic.”
He then argued “perhaps that is what has made these cities so vibrant and innovative, and why they have been at the forefront in making America the country that leads the world in economics, technology, culture and power.”
Is rampant crime, homelessness, and drug use part of said vibrancy?
Fact check. American cities were not shit holes when the country emerged as the envy of the world.
Zakaria continued, “Carlson speaks enviously of cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and they are indeed wonderful in their own distinctive ways. But what’s striking about all of them is that they are somewhat tame and subdued. The product of authoritarian governments or conformist culture, or both. American cities are different.”
He appears to be seriously claiming that you cannot have a clean and safe city without some kind of evil dictatorship overseeing it.
Zakaria continued “Carlson put forward a bizarre hodgepodge of assertions he thought the architecture, food and service in Moscow was better than in any American city. Really? Moscow?”
“Outside of a small historic center, it is filled with drab Soviet era concrete buildings. And while the food in Moscow can be quite good…Better than New York or San Francisco? You need to get out more” Zakaria concluded.
Has he been to San Francisco lately?
Ghosts2 years ago
Zozo: The Ouija Board Demon
Space1 year ago
Scientists claim to have found the answer what existed before the Universe
Ghosts1 year ago
Old Coot of Mount Greylock
Archaeology12 months ago
New discoveries at Ekʼ Balam during conservation works
General3 years ago
UC San Francisco engaging in horrifying experiments, organ harvesting of live babies in the name of “science”