October 10, 2013

North American Turtles Face Shrinking Habitats

As climate change progresses, North American turtle populations are being pushed from their habitats. Using data on 59 different turtle species published on turtle physiology, genetics, and fossils with new models of species’ response to climate-change cycles over the last 320 millennia, researchers found that the centers of the turtles’ ranges shifted an average of 45 miles for each degree of warming or cooling. While most species found suitable new habitats, some didn’t causing them to be endangered. Researchers say that understanding how turtles respond to these changes helps them to estimate future extinction risks that could be caused by climate change.

[ Read the Article: Turtles On The Run As Habitats Shift And Shrink ]

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