Monday, March 20, 2017

Mammalian Dwarfism

Science Daily: Pattern of mammal dwarfing during global warming
summary - More than 50 million years ago, when the Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size. While this mammalian dwarfism has previously been linked to the largest of these events, new research has found that this evolutionary process can happen in smaller, so-called hyperthermals, indicating an important pattern that could help shape an understanding of underlying effects of current human-caused climate change.

1 comment:

Seadog said...

Yes, but this warming will be of a very short duration since our species will either eventually put on the brakes ( stop adding more fossil carbon) or go extinct by its own hand. In either event, before we dumped trillions of tons of fossil carbon into the atmosphere ( starting in circa. 1750 the natural orbital cycle ( the Milankovitch cycle) was trending us toward a new Ice Age. The Holocene inter-glacial was coming to an end.