Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Probable First Mammal Extinction--Climate Change

Environmental & Science Education
Endangered Species
Edward Hessler

Huffington Post reports on the first mammal extinction likely due to climate change. The critter is the Bramble Cay Melomys, Melomys rubicola a small rodent that was restricted to a small island at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

Bramble Car Melomys
In 1978, its population numbered in the 100s but in the last decade the rodent suffered a 97 percent habitat loss.

There is a link to the scientific research leading to the conclusion that it is extinct. The link to the cause, global climate change, is inferred (and likely). The report's title is "Confirmation of the extinction of the Bramble Cay melomys Melomys rubicola on Bramble Bay, Tover Street."

The obituaries begin.

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