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World’s highest mammal discovered at the top of a Mars-like volcano


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World’s highest mammal discovered at the top of a Mars-like volcano

Life 19 March 2020 By Colin Barras Mountaineers have spotted the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse near the summit of LlullaillacoMarcial Quiroga-CarmonaAt the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano in the Andes that rises 6739 metres above sea level, lives a mouse. It is the highest dwelling mammal in the world – and how it survives in an…

World’s highest mammal discovered at the top of a Mars-like volcano


Life



19 March 2020

By Colin Barras

Andean mouse that lives on the Llullaillaco volcano

Mountaineers have spotted the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse near the summit of Llullaillaco

Marcial Quiroga-Carmona

At the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano in the Andes that rises 6739 metres above sea level, lives a mouse. It is the highest dwelling mammal in the world – and how it survives in an environment so hostile that it has been compared to Mars has left scientists baffled.

Life isn’t easy at the top of Llullaillaco. Average temperatures are -15°C and the air pressure is so low that there is less than half as much oxygen in each lungful of air as at sea level. …

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