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Helping our mammals survive climate change

Helping our mammals survive climate change

A new US study has revealed valuable information about the ways in which mammals can survive climate change.

Over the last 400 years, an increasing number of land mammals have become extinct. To that end, researchers at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, examined mammals from 56 million years ago through to 12,000 years ago and found that the more diverse the family of mammal, the more stable they were in changing weather conditions.

After examining the range and diversity of 35 animals including bears, mammoths and rodents, the research suggests a surprising level of resilience in a number of mammal families despite significant changes in climate.

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