Wild Felid Range Shift Due to Climatic Constraints in the Americas: a Bottleneck Explanation for Extinct Felids?

  title={Wild Felid Range Shift Due to Climatic Constraints in the Americas: a Bottleneck Explanation for Extinct Felids?},
  author={Andr{\'e}s Arias-Alzate and Jos{\'e} F. Gonz{\'a}lez-Maya and Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales and Enrique Mart{\'i}nez‐Meyer},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
Theoretical and empirical evidence suggests that the ecological niche of species tends to be conservative over evolutionary time in many taxonomic groups, thus representing long-term stable constraints on species geographic distributions. Using an ecological niche modeling approach, we assessed the impact of climatic change on wild felid species potential range shifts over the last 130 K years in the Americas and the potential of such shifts as an extinction driver. We found a significant range… Expand

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