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Did humans once hibernate like bears?

The Sun examines winter depression and a possible link to a unique human form of hibernation. We also tell you why winters are darker in the Lower Mainland than in any other major Canadian centre.

By Chad Skelton

Like a vise grip, sunrise and sunset move ever closer at this time of year — squeezing precious light out of the day. Layers of clouds turn the once-brilliant blue sky to a dull grey. And the mountains, so solid and imposing in summer, become ghostly figures behind a gauze of fog and rain.

The darkness is coming. In the summer — especially a summer like the one we just had — it is easy for Vancouverites to believe we live in a blessed place. As much as the rest of the country snickers at the quantity of this city’s rain, the fact is that Vancouver gets more sunshine in an average July (294 hours) than Toronto (276.)

Read the original article at: Vancouver Sun

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