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Assessing the Effect of Middle Pleistocene Climate Change on <i>Marmota</i> Populations from the Pit Locality

Anthony D. Barnosky, Matthew H. Kaplan and Marc A. Carrasco

in Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240827
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0025
Assessing the Effect of Middle Pleistocene Climate Change on Marmota Populations from the Pit Locality

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This chapter uses fossil dental remains of marmots (genus Marmota) to examine the effects of climate changes on populations of a taxon whose modern ecology, demography, physiology, and systematics have been extensively studied. It examines whether the shifts in climate—a probable transition from a relatively moist interglacial to a cool–dry glacial to a very warm–dry interglacial—were of sufficient magnitude to cause detectable change in marmot populations.

Keywords: marmots; Marmota; climate changes; populations; ecology; demography; physiology; systematics; interglacial; glacial

Chapter.  5885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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