Global warming to increase reptile IQ?

By |2014-02-10T16:32:05+00:00November 7th, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Global warming to increase reptile IQ?

You’ve heard about global warming supposedly harming polar bears, but how about making reptiles smarter? Well believe it or not, some researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia believe they have evidence that links warming temperatures to increased intelligence in a lizard-like creature called the skink. As reported in, the researchers incubated skinks in two different temperatures, one warm and one cool. After hatching, they measured how long it took each set of reptiles to find open shelter and protection from harm. The warm-incubated lizards learned to find safe havens more readily, which led researchers to surmise they were smarter than those bred in cooler temperatures. Hmmm, global warming leads to smarter animals? One wonders what Al Gore will think about this!