Shrinking Range of Furry California Pikas Reveal the Impacts of Climate Change

February 3, 2015 3:43 PM

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A small, furry animal may be revealing the true impacts of climate change. Scientists have found that this small mammal is shifting its range in response to changing temperatures.

Pikas are small herbivores that are related to rabbits. They live in fields of broken rock in the mountains of western North America. Due to their thick fur and high metabolic rates, they're well adapted to cold temperatures at high elevations. In fact, when summer temperatures are too high, pikas a...

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