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ScienceDaily (July 31, 2009) — You probably hadn't noticed -- but the head shape and overall size of rodents has been changing over the past century. A University of Illinois at Chicago ecologist has tied these changes to human population density and climate change. Species can adapt quickly to rapid environmental changes -- quicker than many people have thought, especially for mammals," said Oliver Pergams, UIC research assistant professor of biological sciences. "Those mammals (rats, mice) that can adapt quickly have a much higher chance to survive big environmental changes caused by humans. Understanding which species and populations have the greatest ability to change has a crucial impact on being able to conserve biodiversity.