National Geographic (2 August 2006) reports that an ancient period of Global Warming (55 million years ago) prompted the world's first tiny primates to spread from Asia to North America.
Spurred on by warmer weather (a mere 5°C increase) and facillitated by the appearance of new land bridges emerging from under melting ice, small chipmunk-like mammals rapidly travelled from tree to tree. Within a mere 20,000 years they colonized north america and (presumably) evolved into human beings, or - failing that - into americans.
Now, during the present period of Global Warming, we are already observing a reversal of that ancient migration. Millions of americans are taking advantage of the warmer weather to travel back to other parts of the globe.
First it was to Vietnam, then Bosnia, then Afghanistan and Iraq. Now they've got their eye on Iran, Venezuela, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and possibly Burma. Perhaps even New Zealand could be at risk now that its membership in ANZUS is kaput.
Museum of the future?
Complete skeleton of a "Homo Uncle Sampiens"
in typical aggressive pose, unearthed in Central Iraq.
Dated c. 21st century A.D.
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