Shrinking Species? Climate Change Might Be to Blame


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  • A recently published study authored by a team of researchers from four U.S. universities concludes that climate change is behind the smaller size of certain salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains region of the U.S. Six species of salamanders have decreased in size from 2 to 18 percent since the 1950s. Interestingly, salamanders of a related species from the same region have actually increased in size, and eight species haven’t changed in size at all.

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