February 25, 2024

Evolutionary Dead End : Nombat is getting too hot

Before the arrival of Europeans and the foxes and cats they introduced, bandits lived among ants (Myrmicobius fasciatus), also called numbats, is distributed throughout most of southern and western Australia. However, habitat destruction and hungry new arrivals have decimated their numbers so dramatically that the species remains only in two small nature reserves in the western part of the country. Climate change may ultimately jeopardize their survival in the wild in the future. As a study conducted by Christine Cooper of Curtin University and her team in the Journal of Experimental Biology points out:: Rising temperatures will likely cause species to reach an evolutionary dead end.