Re: Ticks, Hair Loss, and Non-Clinging Babies

Gareth Morgan

Thanks Nancy.
I have a similar idea about hairlessness, but concerning mud fever (leptospirosis), which affects fertility and can be fatal, while fungal infections seem to be less so. Details here --  -- at the end of the section headed Now eat your clam.


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Subject: Re: [AAT] Ticks, Hair Loss, and Non-Clinging Babies
My theory has long been that fungal infections drove hairlessness. Features don't evolve to do something. Lethal features kill off those without a less lethal feature - such as hairlessness. but it's still conjecture. Why are some littoral beasts fur covered (i.e. beavers) and others nearly naked (elephants, rhinos, hippos)? 

I do think it has something to do with lethality during infancy.

Nancy Bovee

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