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Submission + - Humans not solely to blame for passenger pigeon extinction (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: When the last passenger pigeon died at a zoo in 1914, the species became a cautionary tale of the dramatic impact humans can have on the world. But a new study finds that the bird experienced multiple population booms and crashes over the million years before its final demise. The sensitivity of the population to natural fluctuations, the authors argue, could have been what made it so vulnerable to extinction.
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Humans not solely to blame for passenger pigeon extinction

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