Caribou and Reindeer Cousins?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A new DNA study from the University of Calgary says that North American caribou and Northern European and Asian reindeer are more alike than we thought and both are susceptible to climate change.

     A new study from the University of Calgary says that climate change is endangering global reindeer and caribou habitats.  The study found that North America’s caribous are remarkably similar to Northern Europe and Asia’s reindeer and that climate change is having the same effect on each.  Global warming is destroying lichen-rich habitats necessary for caribou to thrive.  But the interesting find was how DNA analysis showed just how similar these two groups were despite their many assumed differences.