Real-Life Dumbo could be given to us by climate change : Scientists say that the warming of the planet could do just that – Could elephants really look like dumbo?

Sara Ryding, one of the authors of a new study said “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”.

Warm-blooded species beaks, ears, legs are evolving to accomodate for the warming of the planet a study claims.

Involving animal species in warmer climates and lower latitudes having larger appendages the study refences a pattern known as ‘Allen’s rule’.

The way animals are responding to climate changes is a form of ‘shapeshifting’ and is being undervalued as a sign of climactic warming the scientists claim.

To deal with heat more efficiently, it allows this to pass through their bodies or they can overheat and die ‘Allen’s Rule’ is where species have larger parts of the body, such as ears or beaks,

Directly linking to the rising temperatures, the research reveals that since 1871 several species of parrot have shown up to a 10% increase in the size of their bills.

Other instances of this include bats having bigger wings and wood mice gaining longer tails.

As their size continues to grow, the climate is supposedly affecting these animals in a way previously only assiociated with horror or sci-fi films.

This could lead to further issues with habitats, food cycles and more abnormal animal dysmorphia the study warns that these signs of species evolution are not a positive symbol of their survival.

“Shapeshifting does not mean that animals are coping with climate change and that all is fine” says Sara.

“It just means they are evolving to survive it, but we’re not sure what the other ecological consequences of these changes are, or that all species are capable of chaning and surviving”.

“The climate change that we have created is heaping a whole lot of pressure of them, and while some species will adapt, others will not” Mr Ryding added.

Real-Life Dumbo could be given to us by climate change

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