Researchers have been racing against time to find a cure for the deadly facial tumour disease threatening the tasmanian devil with extinction.
The problem is a lack of genetic diversity because of inbreeding.
“We’re also looking at ancient DNA from samples that have been collected from animal skins, collected from animals that have gone extinct on the mainland.
“Perhaps that will give us some indications of how much genetic diversity there was in the past.”
When humans encroach on their land, species are reduced to too low of a breeding population to maintain any kind of internal health. Inbreeding is one problem; another is that when there are too few breeding partners, standards drop radically. As a result, the species appears to slip away rather than suddenly die, which is what modern morons would require to see it’s a human cause.