posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 09:10 AM
Around 12% of the pale grass blue species exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the disaster had abnormalities.
These included smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said.
The insects were mated in a laboratory well outside the fallout zone and 18% of their offspring displayed similar problems.
Although this is a small insect, and the results can't be applied directly to other species, it does raise some concerns.
If the radiation spread is bad enough to infiltrate into generations of butterflies, it could as easily spread to other forms of life that have the
same sort of complexity, like plants or other insects.
Since life on Earth is a complex system of "food chains", this does raise the question if humans aren't going to be affected by consuming mutated
Even if the radiation isn't affecting humans directly, this is something to be concerned about, in my opinion.
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