Species going extinct faster than in past, Study

June 3, 2014 4:18 AM

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Species going extinct faster than in past, Study

A new landmark study, published last week in Science, has found that the current rate of species extinctions is more than 1,000 times greater than their natural rate, calculated from the fossil record and genetic data spanning millions of years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

The new study used the fossil record and genetic data to determine that species of plants and animals are going extinct 1,000 times faster than their natural rate—that is, when humans arrived.

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