A tiny flatworm found commonly on the coasts of western Europe and North America is living proof that species may be able to evolve and adapt to rapid climate change.
Research by the University of Plymouth examined the extent to which the intertidal flatworm Procerodes littoralis was able to regenerate and repair itself when challenged with different sea water conditions.
Repeating a study conducted more than a century earlier it was shown that the response of individuals had changed markedly since then.
The original study was conducted by Dorothy Jordan Lloyd, who was based at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, and focussed on individuals found in Wembury Bay, Plymouth.
It was published in 1914, and the current study — led by BSc (Hons) Marine Biology graduate Katharine Clayton — replicated it in terms of the processes followed and the precise locations from which samples were collected.