Small mammal diversity loss in response to late-Pleistocene climatic change

  title={Small mammal diversity loss in response to late-Pleistocene climatic change},
  author={Jessica Blois and Jenny L McGuire and Elizabeth A. Hadly},
Communities have been shaped in numerous ways by past climatic change; this process continues today. At the end of the Pleistocene epoch about 11,700 years ago, North American communities were substantially altered by the interplay of two events. The climate shifted from the cold, arid Last Glacial Maximum to the warm, mesic Holocene interglacial, causing many mammal species to shift their geographic distributions substantially. Populations were further stressed as humans arrived on the… CONTINUE READING
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