Researchers link Caribbean extinction of bats to rising sea levels

(Phys.org)—In a new study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, researchers show that rising sea levels produced by deglaciation, or the melting of glaciers, caused the extinction of most bats in the Caribbean Islands, including the Cuban vampire and Puerto Rican flower bats. The article, entitled, “Deglaciation explains bat extinction in the Caribbean,” led by Assistant Professor Liliana M. Dávalos, PhD, from the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, shows that deglaciation drowned vast expanses of low-lying islands.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-11-link-caribbean-extinction-sea.html#jCp

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