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Saigas on the brink: Multidisciplinary analysis of the factors influencing mass mortality events

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In 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelopes died in 3 weeks in central Kazakhstan. The proximate cause of death is confirmed as hemorrhagic septicemia caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida type B, based on multiple strands of evidence. Statistical modeling suggests that there was unusually high relative humidity and temperature in the days leading up to the mortality event; temperature and humidity anomalies were also observed in two previous similar events in the same region. The mode...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1126/sciadv.aao2314

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Orynbayev, M More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan More from this funder
Flora and Fauna International More from this funder
People's Trust for Endangered Species and the Saiga Conservation Alliance More from this funder
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds More from this funder
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Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science Publisher's website
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Science Advances Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
1
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Article: eaao2314
Publication date:
2018-01-17
Acceptance date:
2017-11-21
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ISSN:
2375-2548
Pubs id:
pubs:797372
URN:
uri:ba6ad187-8fb7-4ca6-8102-adfa92b97b48
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uuid:ba6ad187-8fb7-4ca6-8102-adfa92b97b48
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pubs:797372

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