Bramble Cay melomys: Climate change-ravaged rodent listed as extinct

Bramble Cay melomys: Climate change-ravaged rodent listed as extinct
 

It was described in 2016 as the first mammalian extinction caused by human-induced climate change.
Now the eradication of the Bramble Cay melomys has been officially recognised by Australia, its only known home.
The rodent lived solely on a tiny sand island in the Torres Strait, near the coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The species has not been seen since 2009.
Scientists say there is a chance that an identical or similar species could yet be discovered in PNG.
But they're uncertain because PNG's nearby Key River region has been little documented by research.
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20 February 2019 in World News, Views: 48
Source: BBC
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