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mule

1. (Science: zoology) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated between an ass and a mare, sometimes a horse and a she-ass. See Hinny.

Mules are much used as draught animals. They are hardy, and proverbial for stubbornness.

2. (Science: botany) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust of another; called also hybrid.

3. A very stubborn person.

4. A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool, etc, into yarn or thread and winding it into cops; called also jenny and mule-jenny. Mule armadillo, an idle pulley for guiding a belt which transmits motion between shafts that are not parallel. Mule twist, cotton yarn in cops, as spun on a mule; in distinction from yarn spun on a throstle frame.

Origin: F, a she-mule, L. Mula, fem. Of mulus; cf. Gr, . Cf. AS. Ml, fr. L. Mulus. Cf. Mulatto.


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Re: Speciation challenges the meaning of "beneficial mutation"

... "unable to produce viable hybrids", but rather "reproductively isolated". Meaning that their hybrid offspring is sterile (like mule); or that they are geographically isolated and, therefore, cannot breed in nature even if they could when brought together (you cannot possibly ...

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Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:46 pm
 
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Re: Speciation challenges the meaning of "beneficial mutation"

... "unable to produce viable hybrids", but rather "reproductively isolated". Meaning that their hybrid offspring is sterile (like mule); or that they are geographically isolated and, therefore, cannot breed in nature even if they could when brought together (you cannot possibly ...

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by Cat
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Speciation challenges the meaning of "beneficial mutation"
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Re: Any SOLID arguments against evolution?

... you are using to try and demonstrate the conclusion. Indeed change of species is possible, but only through sex between closer species (e.g. mule, hominids) or intelligent creation (e.g. a geneticist creates a synthetic virus in labo). What God the Son said in http://www.apparitionsmariales.org ...

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by christianstrategies
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:18 pm
 
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Re: Re:

... 1 doesn't imply question 2. However, I contest change of species through mutations, behalve sexual intercourse between closer species (ex. mule, ligre, hominids) ...are you saying that humans have not changed into a new species in 30,000 generations, therefore it is impossible for any change ...

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by christianstrategies
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:36 pm
 
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... (at least) the last 2 or 3 most recent families of homo (e.g. neandertal and modern man). That's how "evolution" happened: sex at "mule style"... ...dates are completely wrong. Maybe there's a difference of a few days in time, that's all (man was created in the 6th day, and ...

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by christianstrategies
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Any SOLID arguments against evolution?
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