October 15th, 2006

Frogs and Flies


The scriptures speak of various things that will happen before the Lord’s second coming. One of them is flies:

Wherefore, I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them; (D&C 29:18)

Perhaps such an occurence will be brought about naturally? This article talks about a steep decline in the frog population:

Published in the Jan. 12 issue of the journal Nature, the study reveals how the warming may alter the dynamics of a skin fungus that is fatal to amphibians. The climate-driven fungal disease, the author’s say, has hundreds of species around the world teetering on the brink of extinction or has already pushed them into the abyss.

The study results come at a time of growing concern about the future of amphibians. The Global Amphibian Assessment, published in 2004, found that nearly one-third of the world’s 6,000 or so species of frogs, toads and salamanders face extinction–a figure far greater than that for any other group of animals.

Hat tip to Stephen for making me aware of the article.

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