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Snow leopard scat is key

As a matetr of fact, the faeces from this big cat (the snow leopard) just acquired a higher status. A scietifical study just showed that a genetic analysis of the dejections of this animal allow a very precise identification (sometimes down to the individual identification) and give an excellent capacity to evaluate the bio-diversity and to count individual animals.

It becomes possible to correct previous estimates (some scats were simply from other wild cats like lynxes) or to measure precisely the genetic diversity of a population of snow leopards.

Source: NewScientist.

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