Scientists reveal how warming animals evolve to survive

Scientists reveal how warming animals evolve to survive
Scientists reveal how warming animals evolve to survive
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The earth heats up and as the temperature changes, the animals are forced to adapt. This showed a new study by experts from the Australian Deakin University, writes Daily Mail, citing an article in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

Experts have studied different species - from Australian parrots and Chinese bats to common pigs and rabbits - and found evidence of changes in the size of individual body parts in these animals by up to 10%. It turned out that many creatures grow larger beaks, ears and legs - this helps them to better regulate their body temperature.

At the same time, especially striking examples of changes in shape were recorded in birds. For example, Australian parrots have shown an average increase in beak size of about 4-10% since 1871 - this increase is positively correlated with shifts in average summer temperature each year.

Animals evolve to survive, the scientists explain, but stress that they do not yet know other ecological consequences of these changes. Experts are also not sure if all species are capable of changing and surviving in new conditions.

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