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Shifting latitudinal clines in avian body size correlate with global warming in Australian passerines

Gardner, Janet; Heinsohn, Robert; Joseph, Leo G

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Intraspecific latitudinal clines in the body size of terrestrial vertebrates, where members of the same species are larger at higher latitudes, are widely interpreted as evidence for natural selection and adaptation to local climate. These clines are predicted to shift in response to climate change. We used museum specimens to measure changes in the body size of eight passerine bird species from south-eastern Australia over approximately the last 100 years. Four species showed significant...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/59171
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1011

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