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Large mammals are being lost from Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest much faster than expected, according to a recent study. 

The study, undertaken by scientists from Brazil and the UK, looked at 18 mammal species in 196 forest fragments, and compared their current populations to estimates of their population densities before Europeans colonised the region about 500 years ago.

The results of the study, published in the journal PLoS One, showed that mammals are being lost from forest fragments at least twice as fast as previous estimates suggested.

Staggering declines

Of over 3,500 mammal populations estimated to have originally lived in the study area, only about 22% remain today. Among the species being lost are large, charismatic mammals such as the jaguarlowland tapirnorthern muriqui and giant anteater, while the white-lipped peccary has been completely wiped out in the region…

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