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Trends Ecol Evol. 2006 Mar;21(3):111-3. Epub 2005 Dec 19.

Climate change and the migration capacity of species.

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Department of Herpetology and Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024, USA.


In a recent paper, McLachlan et al. presented evidence that migration rates of two tree species at the end of the last glacial (c. 10-20 thousand years ago) were much slower than was previously thought. These results provide an important insight for climate-change impacts studies and suggest that the ability of species to track future climate change is limited. However, the detection of late-glacial refugia close to modern range limits also implies that some of our most catastrophic projections might be overstated.

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