15 May '11, 1pm

Climate Change Affects Animal Distribution: Earthtimes A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

Climate Change Affects Animal Distribution: Earthtimes A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that 200 million years ago, mammals and reptiles lived in separate habitats on the supercontinent known as Pangaea, largely due to rainfall distribution. With few land barriers such as mountains, Pangaea was a huge land mass that allowed animals the freedom to roam wherever they choose. However, a team of scientists at Brown University have established that early mammals confined themselves to one area of the continent while early reptiles known as procolophonids lived in another section. It's thought that the animals chose their habitat based on climate. Dr Whiteside, an assistant professor of geological sciences at the university said: ''We're answering a question that goes back to Darwin's time. What controls where organisms live? The two main constraints are geography and climate.'' For the most par...

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