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Why big animals can't take a little rain

Giant sloths and saber-toothed tigers, oh my

Melting from glaciers and permafrost was not kind to the large animals of the last Ice Age.

The persistent moisture turned grasslands into peatlands and bogs, a less than ideal habitat for huge grazers. As their world grew wetter, many of these megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas became extinct.

Today, climate change is fueling heavy precipitation around the globe. Species have started to shift locations or find other ways to adapt. Is the past prologue?

“Predicting specifics about the future is really hard for

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