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UGA Study Finds There's Not Always Safety in Numbers When It Comes to Extinction Risk

May 8, 2012

fossil brachiopods A basic tenet underpinning scientists' understanding of extinction is that more abundant species persist longer than their less abundant counterparts. Now, a new University of Georgia study reveals a much more complex relationship. A team of scientists analyzed more than 46,000 fossils from 52 sites and found that greater numbers did indeed help clam-like brachiopods survive the Ordovician extinction. Full Story

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