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Madmad Island, Namdrik Atoll, Marshall Islands. Credit - V. Jungblut
March 16, 2023

A team of researchers from the German Center of Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has now found that species that evolved to more extreme body sizes compared to their mainland relatives have a higher risk of extinction than those that evolved to less extreme sizes. Their study also shows that extinction rates of mammals on islands worldwide increased significantly after the arrival of modern humans.

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