Ice-Age Reptile Extinctions

February 2011
Science Teacher;Feb2011, Vol. 78 Issue 2, p16
Academic Journal
The article reports on a study of the extinction of reptiles from Greek islands in northern Mediterranean 15,000 years ago, by ecologist Johannes Foufopoulos and colleagues from the University of Michigan, to assess the reactions of animals and plants to climate change. The reptilian extinctions reportedly convey the value of the preservation of habitats to increase the survival opportunities of the inhabitants. The scientists found that the reptiles on the smaller islands died first because of the limits on choice of habitat.


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