Despite the claims of a few grandstanders, it’s clear that our planet’s thermostat is dialing up. Some plants and animals have already responded to this change by modifying their distributions away from the Equator, toward the cooler poles, and by shifting the timing of their breeding or flowering cycles. But beyond their location and behaviours, the physical stature of some organisms is also affected by climate change — which could play havoc with ecosystems and even global food security.
The almost perfectly complete fossil of a young theropod dinosaur – including some preserved hair and skin – was unveiled yesterday by scientists from the Bavarian paleontological and geological collections (BSPG) in Munich, Germany. BSPG conservator Oliver Rauhut described it as the best preserved dinosaur skeleton to have ever been found in Europe.