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For the first time, scientists put extinct mammals on the map

Source: phys.org

Researchers from Aarhus University and University of Gothenburg have produced the most comprehensive family tree and atlas of mammals to date, connecting all living and recently extinct mammal species—nearly 6,000 in total—and overturning many previous ideas about global patterns of biodiversity.

While others have tried to map the ranges of all mammals or figure out their family trees, previous studies always left out one crucial group of mammals: species driven to extinction by humans.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to comprehensively include extinct species like the Tasmanian tiger or the woolly mammoth, as well as account for human-induced regional range losses among extant species in such a large database, and it’s really changing our beliefs about what is ‘natural’ or not,” said biologist Søren Faurby of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, who co-led the assembly of the database and the study, which was recently published in the journal Ecology. MORE

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