Scientists for a long time have warned that a large number of species will become extinct due to the ongoing climate change. Most recently, scientists have published a new map to identify vulnerable mammals.
In order to publish the map, a group of scientists analyzed different areas of the world to find out where mammals have the fewest close relatives. Afterwards, the group of scientists identified the areas where targeted protection will benefit several species at once.
The latest news comes via a publishing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Talking about the latest map, Dan Rosauer from Australia National University said, “Scientists have often focused on the number of species in a protected area, but studies like this one consider the degree to which the family tree of life is well represented. This study seeks to protect all land mammals, but it gives top priority to species with no close relatives, because if they were lost there would be nothing like them left.”
“This is the first time that anyone has mapped these priority areas for conserving the diversity of mammal evolution along with minimum target areas for habitat protection,” Rosauer said. “People are already working on these challenges, but by using this cutting-edge genetic information we can make far better decisions, protecting up to 32 percent more of the diversity of the mammal tree of life through better use of limited resources.”
“By targeting areas with these really unique species, you would also protect a lot of other species too.”
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