Different beetles flourish in different climates. British researchers have used this knowledge to dig into climate change history.
- Climate proxies, such as tree rings or dead beetles, can be used to examine past climates.
- Scientists can analyse remains of beetles preserved in layers of soil to learn about climate changes over thousands of years.
- Climate change can be signified by a sudden absence of a particular type of beetle.
- Science must use details about past climates to help explain present and future changes.
There are a number of different ways we can examine past climates.
They are known as climate proxies and include tree rings, ice cores, and perhaps strangest of all – dead beetles!
Cumbria, North West England
Dr Russell Coope, University of Birmingham – "This is a beetle called poecilus, it's a ground ...