Study Reveals Earth Heading Towards Sixth Mass Extinction

July 25, 2014 10:19 AM

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The rapid decline of animals is contributing to what appears as the early days of the planet's sixth mass extinction event, a new study reveals.

The current biodiversity of the planet is the highest in the history of life. But, it may be reaching a tipping point. Over 320 terrestrial vertebrates have gone extinct since 1500. The existing species show an average decline of 25 percent.

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