Evolutionary changes to the size and shape of humans certainly don’t take place rapidly. But others in the animal kingdom may be changing much faster.
A study last week in the journal PLoS One found that the head shape and overall size of rodents has been changing over the last century. The changes appear to be linked to human population density and climate change. — herald.net
When I trip across this article (actually a butchered abridgement in Sunday’s Miami Hurled), it’s like a bright light illuminates the mildewed closet where my cobwebbed brain is imprisoned. Which is next to the drawer where Guido secrets away my severed nuts. But that’s another story. And probably a better one.
Rodents. Weasels. Rats. They’re evolving, changing their looks, and — here’s the scary part — taking over undiscovered. The Dirty Rats!
It makes sense. Look:
That’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the tie and jacket, a rodent on the right. Let’s make that: “An OBVIOUS rodent” on the right (of course, “on the right” is where one finds most rodents). Side by side, is there any doubt? Doesn’t this explain why the ‘Pubs have been so emphatic in their denial of the reality of Global Warming?
Give the rodents credit. For 8 years they’ve been lurking in the shadows as the world stared, fascinated, at the simian takeover commonly known as the Bush administration. But to his credit, Curious George Monkey Boy was pretty open about it.
Pythons in the Everglades, rats in the Congress. Call Truly Nolen.