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Salamander Climate Change

Salamander Climate Change

Scientists suggest climate change could be the reason salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains are getting smaller.

In a study earlier this year in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers compared museum specimens of salamanders collected in the course of a half-century beginning in 1957 with those measured at the same sites in 2011 and 2012.

They measured almost 9,500 adult salamanders and found their bodies were, on average, about 8 percent smaller after 1980 than in the earlier decades.

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