Global climate change and small mammal populations in north-central Chile

Meserve, P. L., D. A. Kelt, M. A. Previtali, W. B. Milstead, and J. R. GutiƩrrez

Aridlands offer unique opportunities to compare effects of history, evolution, and local geography on assemblage and dynamics of small mammal communities that have severe environmental constraints. Pioneering work in Northern Hemispheric aridlands resulted in paradigms that were assumed to be general. Because the evolutionary history and biogeography of Southern Hemispheric aridlands have been distinct, they offer unusual opportunities to test this assumption.We present 6 papers in this Special Feature that show that Southern Hemispheric aridlands have developed and evolved in many unique directions.

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Meserve, P. L., D. A. Kelt, M. A. Previtali, W. B. Milstead, and J. R. GutiƩrrez. 2011. Global climate change and small mammal populations in north-central Chile. Journal of Mammalogy 92(6):1155-1157.