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UF fossil bird study on extinction patterns could help today's conservation efforts
Date:3/21/2013

Steadman is finding, more often than not, is that we as people bring in other things with us and indirectly wipe out other animals," said Mead, who was not involved with the study. "He's providing background data and I think that's critical to Hispaniola because you have two countries on that island and they're quite different culturally and economically, so those countries are going to play different games on the local fauna."

Mead said it is also significant that Trouing Jean Paul occurs at a high elevation, where human or climate pressures could result in animals finding a "refugia" upslope.

"Typically, a lot of sites are found in lower elevation, or we go to the lower elevations to look at localities we work on," Mead said. "But Dave is saying, 'Why don't we look at these other areas that haven't really been examined?' This one cave is a critical one for that. It gives us a 3-D look at environments on an island."

Oona Takano, who helped sort and identify the specimens as a UF undergraduate student, is a study co-author.


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Contact: David Steadman
dws@flmnh.ufl.edu
University of Florida
Source:Eurekalert

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