Drastic musk ox population decline 12,000 years ago due to climate, not to humans

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 18:35 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Scientists have discovered that the drastic decline in Arctic musk ox populations that began roughly 12,000 years ago was due to a warming climate rather than to human hunting. The research is the first study to use ancient musk ox DNA collected from across the animal's former geographic range to test for human impacts on musk ox populations.

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