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In Norway, more sun correlates to reduced inherited fertlity and greater infant mortality

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There is a new intriguing paper from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU):

G. R. Skjaervo, F. Fossoy, E. Roskaft. Solar activity at birth predicted infant survival and women’s fertility in historical Norway. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2015; 282 (1801): 20142032 DOI:10.1098/rspb.2014.2032

Researchers studied Norwegian church records of 9,000 people from the period 1750-1900 and looked at life history variables and compared them with environmental factors including solar activity.

NTNU Press Release: Skjærvø and her colleagues found that children born in the years with lots of solar activity had a higher probability of dying compared to children who were born in the years with less solar activity.

On average, the lifespan of children born in years that had a great deal of solar activity was 5.2 years shorter than other children. The largest difference was in the probability of dying…

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