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Delayed phenology and reduced fitness associated with climate change in a wild hibernator

Lane, J.E.; Kruuk, Loeske; Charmantier, A.; Murie, J.O.; Dobson, Stephen

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The most commonly reported ecological effects of climate change are shifts in phenologies, in particular of warmer spring temperatures leading to earlier timing of key events. Among animals, however, these reports have been heavily biased towards avian phenologies, whereas we still know comparatively little about other seasonal adaptations, such as mammalian hibernation. Here we show a significant delay (0.47 days per year, over a 20-year period) in the hibernation emergence date of adult...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/80502
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature11335

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