This is the first mammal to go extinct due to climate change
While many people are still thinking climate change isn't real, scientists found an animal that may have become extinct due to it.
The Bramble Cay melomys, a tiny rodent from the Great Barrier Reef, is the first mammal to go extinct primarily because of climate change.
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The Bramble Cay melomys is a little mousey creature from an island in the eastern Torres Strait. While many people probably have never heard of it, it was the only mammal species native to the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists say climate change is the cause for their extinction. They blame rising sea levels for destroying Bramble Cay melomys' habitat:
"For low-lying islands like Bramble Cay, the destructive effects of extreme water levels resulting from severe meteorological events are compounded by the impacts from anthropogenic climate change-driven sea-level rise. Significantly, this probably represents the first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change."
The last time the melomys were seen was in 2009. Goodbye little Bramble Cay melomys, we barely knew ya.
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.