Pat Shingleton: "Weather, Babies Gender and Mascots..."
Weather may be a determining factor in the gender of babies. ScienceDaily.com reported that a study conducted by BMC Evolutionary Biology provides some evidence regarding African buffalo. Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands determined that more male buffalo babies were born during the rainy season than female babies. Animals were studied at the Kruger National Park from 1978 to 1998 with data associated between rainfall, birth rates and ratios and genetic information. Scientists believed that an increase of male births were linked to an identified sex ration gene which causes a difference in the number, quality and function of X and Y-bearing sperm. During the dry season there is a decline in overall sperm quality accounting for an increase in boys during a rainy season. Another football weekend as many will visit Mike the Tiger's cage for his birthday! Mascots for teams have been tributes to weather events in their respective regions. The University of Miami Hurricanes has a mascot called Sebastian the Ibis because the ibis is the first animal to come-out-of-hiding after a hurricane. Numerous colleges and universities across the southeast and the plains use tornadoes, twisters and hurricanes. In Ames, Iowa, Iowa State has the Cyclones and so does Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Fans in Sulphur, Louisiana, cheer for the Sulphur High Golden Tornadoes. In Portland, it’s the University of New England Nor’easters in and the Lehman College Lightning in the Bronx.