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Death by Hyperdisease


November 4, 2008

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A new ancient DNA study published in PLoS One is the first to demonstrate that disease can cause extinction in mammals, supporting the "hyperdisease" hypothesis. The study found rat-specific trypanosomes in museum specimens of native Christmas Island rats collected after, but not before, contact with black rats. Full Story

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American Museum of Natural History

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