Climate change could result in a planet full of cold-blooded runts.
A whale shark feasts on plankton. (Wikimedia Commons)
In a warming world, copepods, tiny crustaceans that make up the bulk of the ocean’s animal plankton, could end up stunted. Copepods cope with warmer temperatures by maturing faster, but they don’t grow as fast as they mature, so they end up runts.The same phenomenon, called the “temperature-size rule,” affects most cold-blooded animals, so as the planet heats up, many animals’ sizes may go down.Researchers at the University of London examined the case of the incredible shrinking organisms in the journal The American Naturalis Continue Reading