Earth's largest apes died off because they could not adapt to a new diet forced by climate change 100,000 years ago.
Marine animals are altering their diets and natural habitat range as a result of climate change. For instance, melting sea ice is opening new waters to humpback and fin whales, which could lead to increased food competition among the areas' native species.
Following the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, marine-dwelling three-spine stickleback fish had to rapidly evolve to live in freshwater ponds. This sheds light on how other species may be impacted by climate change.
As a result of climate change altering plant diversity, some bumblebees have evolved with to shorten tongues enabling them to adapt to feeding on shallower flowers.
Graduate students from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego discovered a methane seep about 30 miles off the coast. This site is home to many unique, adaptable species, and is the first found in the region.
Climate change and habitat loss are two major threats posed to animal species worldwide. And especially with global temperatures rising in recent decades (2014 was the hottest year yet), scientists are now concerned more than ever with the survival of Earth's animals. However, recent research suggests that they are more flexible than you think.