History holds clues to the future distribution of species

Wolfs (Canis lupus)
(Photo: Mats Höggren, Nordens Ark).

Species range shifts in mammals must be analysed in light of both global warming and human activity. This is the conclusion of the researchers behind a new study published in Nature Climate Change that investigates the distribution of mammalian species in North America.
“We saw that it is impossible to fully estimate the effects of global warming on large mammals in North America without taking into account the human activity that affects the species,” says Sören Faurby.