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Animals will likely 'downsize' in the future

By T.K. Randall
June 17, 2019 · Comment icon 1 comment

Large mammals may be on the verge of disappearing. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Geir Kiste
A new study has suggested that larger animals will go extinct while smaller, insect-eating animals will thrive.
There is little doubt that many of the world's largest creatures are at risk of being wiped out, mostly due to the effects of global warming and the ever-growing encroachment of human civilization.

Now in a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists have put forward the theory that animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinos, gorillas and hippos will soon go extinct and be replaced by smaller insect-eating animals with shorter lifespans.

Birds could also suffer the same fate, with eagles disappearing and small songbirds taking their place.

The less adaptable a species, the more likely it is to disappear.
"By far the biggest threat to birds and animals is humankind - with habitats being destroyed due to our impact on our planet," said study lead author Rob Cooke from the University of Southampton.

While the outlook might look grim however, there is still time for us to do something about it.

"These extinctions haven't happened yet," said Cooke.

"They can still be stopped. It's not a done deal."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Coil 5 years ago
It is true that in the future all wild animals will be destroyed and also their places of residence and the person will no longer admire nature and will wonder how people used to rest in nature because all natural elementals will go to other places and the living will look like dead. When scientists explore the past, they find traces of extinction of creatures in different eras but they do not realize that the cause may be the actions of creatures and not just meteorites or ice ages. Recently, I looked through photos of baffin and beechey island and found that there, too, there are traces of t... [More]


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