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Mutation with magnetic field reversals

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Mutation with magnetic field reversals

Postby chicken_boy » Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:21 am

Would the incidence of mutations increase substantially during times of magnetic pole shifts? The unstable Van Allen belts then might allow more radiation to reach the Earth, causing periods of accelerated genetic evolution. Likewise, do magnetic field reversals correspond to times of speciation, or vice versa?
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:10 pm

Since the magentic poles directly influence the flow of UV light, it might be possible for mutations to arrise in such a situation. and electromagnetic radiation is regarded as a prime source of mutation- physical mutation factor; ionising radiation...
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