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Gone: a look at extinction over the past decade

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avatar Gone: a look at extinction over the past decade
January 03, 2010 03:47PM
No one can say with any certainty how many species went extinct from 2000-2009. Because no one knows if the world's species number 3 million or 30 million, it is impossible to guess how many known species—let alone unknown—may have vanished recently. Species in tropical forests and the world's oceans are notoriously under-surveyed leaving gaping holes where species can vanish taking all of their secrets—even knowledge of their existence—with them.

http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0103-hance_extinct.html
avatar Re: Gone: a look at extinction over the past decade
January 03, 2010 05:00PM
Sad story. We live with the hope that humans can avoid making irreversible mistakes and that is mostly true, except when it involves extinction of an entire species.

Too bad they did not include more about the European Land Leech. Curious little bugger.

http://news.mongabay.com/2007/0826-leech.html



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Re: Gone: a look at extinction over the past decade
January 05, 2010 08:54PM
Guess we have to add those to the other 99.9% of everything that has ever lived on earth and is now extinct. such is the way of a 4 billion yr old world....
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