Bramble Cay Rodent Is First Mammal Species To Go Extinct Due To Climate Change

Posted: Jun 14 2016, 10:47am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Bramble Cay Rodent is First Mammal Species to Go Extinct due to Climate Change
Australian scientists find that the above Bramble Cay melomys undergoes extinction due to climate change. Credit: Queensland government
  • First Mammalian Species undergoes Extinction due to Global Warming and Pollution

The first mammalian species to undergo mass extinction due to global warming and pollution is a rodent termed the Bramble Cay melomys.

Human-caused pollution and global warming seem to have driven the first mammalian species into oblivion. The Bramble Cay melomys is now not a part of the earth’s living species.

It was one of the mammals that lived off the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. This tiny rodent lived on the land mass close to the Torres Strait. It has been wiped clean from the face of the earth, according to The Guardian

The locale in which it thrived is now an inhospitable place and no members of the Bramble Cay melomys exist there anymore. This serves as a warning sign to humans that their meddlesome ways are wreaking havoc with the planet’s natural cycles.

The extinction of this diminutive rodent is just the beginning of something which could have a snowball effect later on. Climate change is a challenge to all life on the earth and that includes humans.

We are digging an early grave for our species via our errant ways. The rodent which became extinct lived on the Bramble Cay, which is a small coral cay off the coast of Queensland, Australia. 

The rodent led a restricted life and was almost isolated from the rest of the species extant in the limited region. It was the only mammalian species in the locale. Yet today it is no more.

The rodent was discovered in 1845 by Europeans. Several hundreds of them existed on the small island way back then. The Europeans started shooting them with bows and arrows.

The last time the melomys was spotted was in 2009. Two years ago, an extensive hunt started for them which yielded no positive sightings. It seems this rodent is extinct for all purposes. 

The real reason behind the massive extinction is the rise in sea levels due to climate change. This getting covered by several layers of water led to the species’ drowning and death.

Also their basic habitat underwent utter destruction. This happens to be the first such mammalian species extinction caused by man-made climate change. It is something that could have been avoided.

Several other species of green turtles and seabirds exist on the island. In the future more species could be lost due to climate change. We have to act now since we have no other choice as stewards for the planet. After all, it is the only one we have on a long term basis.

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