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Climate, not humans to blame for musk ox population decline

A team of scientists has discovered that the decline in arctic musk ox populations is a result of a warming climate rather than human hunting.

A team of scientists including Dr. Beth Shapiro, a faculty member in the Ecology Program at Penn State, has discovered that the drastic decline in arctic musk ox populations that began roughly 12,000 years ago was due to a warming climate rather than to human hunting.

The team's findings will be published in the 8 March 2010 issue of the journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read the Penn State Live article.