Larger beaks, longer legs, bigger ears.
Animals are “shapeshifting” in response to climate change, according to a new study.
The report suggests some warm-blooded species are evolving to regulate their body temperature better, as the planet warms up.
If animals fail to control their body temperature, they can overheat and die. Some species in warmer climates have historically developed bigger body parts to get rid of heat more easily.
Though the changes to the body are currently small, the study’s author Sara Ryding says they could become more pronounced as the planet becomes hotter.
“Prominent appendages such as ears are predicted to increase, so we might end up with a live-action Dumbo in the not-so-distant future,” she says.
She adds that this doesn’t mean animals are necessarily “coping” with the pressures of climate change and “while some species will adapt, others will not”.
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