Climate change literally squeezing the mass out of animals

Mar 13, 2018, 4:15 AM EDT
(Source: Tuerkis Doerky/flickr)
(Source: Tuerkis Doerky/flickr)

Higher temperatures mean smaller animals – that’s the trend several recent studies on the impact of climate change have observed. European House Sparrows in Australia and New Zealand, zebra finches, beetle species, fish, etc. are examples of how birds and animals are shedding their mass to cope up with the Earth’s rising temperatures.

Even though scientists are yet to pinpoint the exact reason behind this shrinking, a common belief posits that animals’ bodies divert the resources for growth to a response system when it’s extremely hot, notes Earther.

Evolutionary ecologists warn that such changes may appear small but are potentially threatening to the entire ecosystem, writes Science.