Harsh Roadside Environments Creating Hardy Salamanders, Study Suggests

Yale Environment 360: The old adage -- “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” -- seems to apply to salamanders evolving to survive in contaminated environments near roads. Yale University researcher Steven Brady compared Steven Brady/Yale University A spotted salamander salamanders breeding in roadside ponds with those breeding in woodland ponds, and he found that the roadside salamanders have a tough life. Only 56 percent of salamander eggs in roadside ponds survive the first 10 weeks, compared with an 87 percent......

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