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Climate crisis could make humans shrink in size, says fossil expert

By Nicola Davis

07 Jun 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Human height has remained unaffected by evolution for 3 centuries. However, a palaeontologist from the University of Edinburgh has predicted this may be about to change.

The climate crisis may lead the human race to shrink in size, as mammals with smaller frames appear better able to deal with rising global temperatures, a leading fossil expert has said.

Prof Steve Brusatte, a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, suggested that the way in which other mammals have previously responded to periods of climate change could offer an insight into humans’ future.

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