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Seals Quickly Respond to Gain and Loss of Habitat Under Climate Change


July 9, 2009

News thumbnail, seal mummy Southern elephant seals responded rapidly to climate and habitat change and established a new breeding site thousands of kilometers from existing breeding grounds, according to new research. An international research team led by Professor Rus Hoelzel from the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, found that when the Antarctic ice sheets of the Ross Sea Embayment retreated in the Holocene period 8,000 years ago, elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) adopted... Full Story

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