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Mammalian Extinction due to Human-Induced Climate Change


A case study on the first documented species extinction caused by human-induced climate change. This case study describes how the Bramble Cay melomys, an endemic species found in Bramble Cay in Northern Australia, is the first mammal to go extinct due to climate change.

Students will learn about species extinction due to habitat loss caused by climate change. Students will specifically learn about mammalian extinction using the example of the Bramble Cay melomys.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the population distribution of the Bramble Cay melomys species in the historical record?
  2. How did climate change lead to the extinction of the Bramble Cay melomys?
About Tool
Tool Name The Bramble Cay Melomys: The First Mammalian Extinction Due to Human-Induced Climate Change
Discipline Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Biodiversity, Conservation, Biogeography, Endemic Species, Vulnerability of Species, Susceptibility of Species, Species Extinction, Habitat Loss, Endangered Species, Threatened Species, Mammalian Extinction, Bramble Cay melomys, Extinction
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Oceania, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Bramble Cay
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Graham R. Fulton
Hosted at Pacific Conservation Biology, 2017, 23, 1-3
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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