Widespread amphibian extinctions from epidemic disease driven by global warming

  title={Widespread amphibian extinctions from epidemic disease driven by global warming},
  author={J. Pounds and M. Bustamante and L. Coloma and Jamie A. Consuegra and M. Fogden and P. N. Foster and E. L. Marca and Karen L. Masters and A. Merino-Viteri and Robert Puschendorf and S. Ron and G. A. Sanchez-Azofeifa and C. J. Still and B. E. Young},
  • J. Pounds, M. Bustamante, +11 authors B. E. Young
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • As the Earth warms, many species are likely to disappear, often because of changing disease dynamics. Here we show that a recent mass extinction associated with pathogen outbreaks is tied to global warming. Seventeen years ago, in the mountains of Costa Rica, the Monteverde harlequin frog (Atelopus sp.) vanished along with the golden toad (Bufo periglenes). An estimated 67% of the 110 or so species of Atelopus, which are endemic to the American tropics, have met the same fate, and a pathogenic… CONTINUE READING
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