Wild Amer­ica

Smithsonian Magazine - - Prologue -

A NEW STUDY SHOWS THE SUR­PRIS­ING PLACES WHERE ANIMALS WOULD BE LIV­ING IF WE WEREN’T HERE

If we hadn’t been so busy hunt­ing animals and de­stroy­ing their habi­tats, where would they be liv­ing to­day? Bi­ol­o­gists in Swe­den and Den­mark take aim at that ques­tion. Their in­no­va­tive new data­base es­ti­mates the “present nat­u­ral” ranges of all 5,831 mam­mals known to ex­ist in the last 130,000 years. Most “cur­rent” ranges are smaller, but not all. Here, some no­table changes in the Lower 48.

S O U R C E : P H Y L AC I N E , T H E P H Y LO G E N E T I C AT L A S O F M A M M A L M AC R O E C O LO GY BY S Ø R E N FAU R BY, M AT T DAV I S, R A S M U S Ø ST E R GA A R D P E D E R S E N , S I M O N D. S C H OWA N E K , J E N S - C H R I ST I A N SV E N N I N G

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