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Anonymous's Avatar Comment 1 by Anonymous

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Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:02:51 UTC | #847545

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 2 by Alan4discussion

There was an interesting example a year or two back where a hunter shot a white "Pizzly Bear". - That is a cross between a ♀Polar Bear and a ♂Grizzly. Apparently with the warming of the Arctic, male Grizzlies are roaming further North!

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 08:56:01 UTC | #847589

josephor's Avatar Comment 3 by josephor

Can we now rename Patrick s Day to Polar Bear day and be a little creative and say it was really a "Green bear" not a Brown Bear and did not drive out the snakes but ate them.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 10:31:12 UTC | #847606

Didaktylos's Avatar Comment 4 by Didaktylos

How long will it take the creationuts to claim that this is proof of Noah's Ark?

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 10:39:51 UTC | #847608

MostlyHarmless's Avatar Comment 5 by MostlyHarmless

Comment 4 by Didaktylos :

How long will it take the creationuts to claim that this is proof of Noah's Ark?

It clearly is proof! Just the Bible got it a bit wrong and God only cared about Polar Bears.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:19:54 UTC | #847616

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 6 by Schrodinger's Cat

Good to see polar bears getting in on the ' I have Irish ancestry' malarkey and it's not just confined to US presidents.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:43:14 UTC | #847622

Sample's Avatar Comment 7 by Sample

The remnants of Caribou Barbi's Alaska administration will likely spin this to further promote detachment of any measure concerning the protection of polar bear habitat.

Mike

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 12:24:13 UTC | #847635

mmurray's Avatar Comment 8 by mmurray

So if the melting artic ice shuts down the Gulf Stream we can resettle the polar bears to the ice sheets forming over Ireland and they'll feel like they have come home. Who says global warming is a problem ?

Michael

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 12:35:12 UTC | #847638

ridelo's Avatar Comment 9 by ridelo

I thought they came from Svalbard wearing armour...

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:01:30 UTC | #847669

Saganic Rites's Avatar Comment 10 by Saganic Rites

So if a polar bear can breed with both polar bears and brown bears, should it be renamed bi-polar bear?

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:07:29 UTC | #847672

Anonymous's Avatar Comment 11 by Anonymous

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Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:07:24 UTC | #847703

pzkrakz's Avatar Comment 12 by pzkrakz

Comment 4 by Didaktylos :

How long will it take the creationuts to claim that this is proof of Noah's Ark?

Could it be that Noah dropped the mama bear off on an ice sheet after the great flood?!

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:27:43 UTC | #847709

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 13 by God fearing Atheist

Comment 12 by pzkrakz :

Or maybe there was some funny business going on in the ark. Being a godbot, I'm sure Noah though the pair of brown bears and the pair of polar bears would be faithful to each other ...

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:00:06 UTC | #847723

Alan Canon's Avatar Comment 14 by Alan Canon

Comment 3 by josephor :

Can we now rename Patrick s Day to Polar Bear day and be a little creative and say it was really a "Green bear" not a Brown Bear and did not drive out the snakes but ate them.

I've seen polar bears with a greenish tinge! Probably algae growing in their fur.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:15:44 UTC | #847726

Vogon42's Avatar Comment 15 by Vogon42

How sad. All these scientific rationalists and all they can make out of a piece of serious scientific research is a bunch of anti-religion jokes.

Is Dawkins.net about the promotion of rational thought, or is it just an anti-religious hate site?

Just wondering.

Oh, and I think the comma is wrongly placed in the first paragraph.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:20:43 UTC | #847730

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 16 by God fearing Atheist

Comment 15 by Vogon42 :

And your important and serious comment on the important and serious science is?

I always find a joke or two in an important and serious scientific meeting makes things flow so much better. It even makes boring tasks like pointing out punctuation errors in draft papers bearable.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:32:28 UTC | #847737

Vogon42's Avatar Comment 17 by Vogon42

Comment 16 by God fearing Atheist :

Comment 15 by Vogon42 :

And your important and serious comment on the important and serious science is?

I always find a joke or two in an important and serious scientific meeting makes things flow so much better. It even makes boring tasks like pointing out punctuation errors in draft papers bearable.

My important and serious comment would be if you don't have anything serious or sensible to say, why talk crap? I'd be interested to see you jump up in the middle of a scientific conference and say "hey, Jesus, fit the Ark into that one, baby".

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:45:21 UTC | #847741

JustLikeMyPops's Avatar Comment 18 by JustLikeMyPops

@ Vogon42

Lighten up ffs, people spend the majority of their time on this site carefully and considerately (ahem) pulling to pieces other people's assertions. Not only do they keep up with the current topics but revisit old ones to keep up to date on the latest nonsense spouted there too. Everyone needs a break from the tedium every once in a while, plus it’s Friday, Friday = Funday, on that note I’m off to get slaughtered, au revoir.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 18:02:12 UTC | #847746

Moderator's Avatar Comment 19 by Moderator

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Fri, 08 Jul 2011 18:04:49 UTC | #847749

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 20 by Schrodinger's Cat

Comment 15 by Vogon42

How sad. All these scientific rationalists and all they can make out of a piece of serious scientific research is a bunch of anti-religion jokes.

It highlights the extreme difference between science and religion. The fact that people can have a laugh and a joke about the edicts of the scientific high priests, and not get stoned for blasphemy, is where science trumps religion.

Of course it's interesting research. Most of us are now used to the idea of such mitochondrial tracing, so there's not quite the same 'wow' factor as when Alice Roberts covered it in The Incredible Human Journey. I personally think the joking is a light hearted and probably necessary way of communicating back that an idea has been widely accepted.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 18:29:21 UTC | #847752

Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 21 by Rawhard Dickins

Proof of Noah's Ark then?

(not)

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 18:55:44 UTC | #847761

Vogon42's Avatar Comment 22 by Vogon42

Schrodinger's Cat, I do think you are way off beam there. I'm sure religious people can laugh their heads off in jokes against scientists.

To be honest, I haven't seen a single joke here where people take the mick at the expense of conventional scientific theories. Only at the expense of "the enemy".

Moderator, am I the one who needs to "stay civil"? I can't see anything uncivil in the thread and if suggesting that it is "talking cr*p" to take a science story and start making silly jokes about creationists is beyond the pale.... well, the discussion here has got a lot less robust than it used to be.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:02:06 UTC | #847765

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 23 by Alan4discussion

Comment 14 by Alan Canon

Comment 3 by josephor :

Can we now rename Patrick s Day to Polar Bear day and be a little creative and say it was really a "Green bear" not a Brown Bear and did not drive out the snakes but ate them.

I've seen polar bears with a greenish tinge! Probably algae growing in their fur.

And I've seen ones with an orange tinge after scrambling up sandy/clayey river banks. (But don't tell their Irish Granny & start a family feud).

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:15:31 UTC | #847769

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 24 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 23 by Alan4discussion

And I've seen ones with an orange tinge after scrambling up sandy/clayey river banks. (But don't tell their Irish Granny & start a family feud).

Especially since the marching season is upon us and the air is 'thick' with religious bigotry...ooohps! Sorry, need to watch my p's & q's with the humour.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:40:31 UTC | #847776

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 25 by God fearing Atheist

Comment 24 by Ignorant Amos :

Sorry, need to watch my p's & q's with the humour.

Yea, watch it Amos! Only dead serious sciency dead serious science stuff is allowed on RD.net. Otherwise we will get a poetry reading.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:48:41 UTC | #847782

bluebird's Avatar Comment 26 by bluebird

I support the right to arm bears.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:53:59 UTC | #847785

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 27 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 26 by bluebird

I support the right to arm bears.

Oh c'mon, bears are more fun when 'armless.....especially on pick-nicks }80)~

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:16:38 UTC | #847790

anothermarcus's Avatar Comment 28 by anothermarcus

Vogon42, i believe the moderator's admonition ws directed at Justlikemypops, not you. he said a bad word.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 23:38:21 UTC | #847829

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 29 by Alan4discussion

Comment 25 by God fearing Atheist

Otherwise we will get a poetry reading.

Mercy - I could not BEAR another postmodernist reading! - and if they go racist and bring Black Bears into this we will not even be able to escape up a tree!

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 23:55:20 UTC | #847836

samsquatch94's Avatar Comment 30 by samsquatch94

I misconstrued the title as "Polar Bear Origins Traced to a Single Bear Species". Consequently I was not taken aback by the mundaneness.

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 03:34:43 UTC | #847868