16 Oct '11, 6pm

Climate Change Is Shrinking Species, Research Suggests

Jennifer Sheridan and David Bickford A male frog specimen collected on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia in the 1980’s, left, versus another collected in 2008. Climate change’s laundry list of impacts — melting glaciers and rising sea levels, shifts in timing for bird migration and flower budding, a poleward shift of species — just got a new addition: shrinking species. No, not population sizes, but a diminution in the size of the animals by comparison with the pre-global warming days. It’s not that scientists are expecting humans to shrink in size, or mini-pandas and mini-panthers to join the ranks of miniature poodles. “I don’t think that organisms will shrink to the degree that you’ll walk outside and see that trees are suddenly half the size that they sued to be,” said Jennifer Sheridan, a conservation biologist at the University of Alabama and a co-author of a paper describi...

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