Surprisingly, flattened fauna can teach us a lot about wildlife biology.
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Roadkill: The remains of animals killed by motor vehicles.
Road ecology: The study of how roads impact the surrounding environment and its inhabitants.
Invasive species: Non-native animals that outcompete local animals for resources.
Fieldwork: The collection of data outside of a laboratory setting.
Confounder: A variable (like animal reaction to oncoming cars) that influences the outcome when comparing a dependent variable (like number of animals) to the outcome (number of roadkill carcasses of said animal).
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