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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pollution could be destroying polar bear penises

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Global warming is claimed to be already posing problems for polar bears, whose numbers are waning because of melting ice, dangerous conditions and fewer hunting opportunities.
Now experts have warned that chemical pollutants may be reducing the density of the bears’ penis bones.
This puts them at risk of breaking their penis, which could have disastrous consequences for mating and the survival of the endangered species.
Mammals such as otters have a penis bone, or baculum, which is thought to be a by-product of evolution, although experts are not sure.
Now, a team of scientists led by Christian Sonne at Aarhus University, Denmark, has found that a certain type of pollutant called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is associated with a less dense penile bone, New Scientist reported.
They have previously shown bears that have high levels of pollutants named organohalogens, such as PCBs, in their bodies, have smaller than average penis bones and testes.

Organohalogens contain at least one halogen such as fluorine or chlorine, and are used as solvents and pesticides, as well as in the making of dyes and drugs.

PCBs were used to make paints and rubber goods in the 1930s, but were banned in 2001 after scientists discovered they can cause cancer.

Read more: Daily Mail. 

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