Life history responses of meerkats to seasonal changes in extreme environments

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Science  08 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6427, pp. 631-635
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5905

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Timing matters

How a species responds to rapid climate change is complicated. Paniw et al. used long-term data on the Kalahari meerkat, an arid specialist, to explore how predicted changes might affect population persistence over time. Warming and rainfall changes in one part of the year had a negative impact on survival and persistence, whereas similar changes during another part of the year had the opposite effect. Understanding such variability will be essential as we attempt to understand the broader influence of climate change.

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