Saturday, March 5, 2011

6th Mass Extinction

Has Earth's sixth mass extinction already arrived?

ScienceDaily (2011-03-05) -- Researchers have delved into the fossil record to compare past animal extinctions, in particular the five "mass extinctions" that occurred within the past 540 million years, with today's extinctions. They find that, while the rate of extinctions today is higher than during past mass extinctions, we haven't yet lost too many animal species. Efforts to conserve threatened species could avoid the tipping point toward a sixth mass extinction. ... > read full article

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