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Has the Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?
March 2, 2011
University of California, Berkeley, 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 found 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.
University of California, Berkeley
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