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Fossils, phylogenies and the evolving climate niche

A dataset that links geographical occurrences, phylogenies, fossils and climate reconstructions for more than 10,000 vertebrate species reveals accelerated rates of climate niche evolution in warm-blooded animals.

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Fig. 1: Endothermy, the ability to produce internal metabolic heat, has permitted climate niches to evolve much more quickly in mammals and birds than in reptiles and amphibians, who must rely on external heat sources (ectothermy).

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Algar, A.C., Tarr, S. Fossils, phylogenies and the evolving climate niche. Nat Ecol Evol 2, 414–415 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0480-z

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