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December 04, 2020 - Discover Magazine

Earth Is on the Cusp of the Sixth Mass Extinction. Here’s What Paleontologists Want You to Know

Earth Is on the Cusp of the Sixth Mass Extinction. Here’s What Paleontologists Want You to Know
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There have been five mass extinctions in our planet's history. The sixth will be more of a slow burn, and unlike the ones before it, humanity is to blame.

Rhinos, elephants, whales and sharks — the list of endangered species is long and depressing. But it’s not just these big, beautiful, familiar animals at risk. Earth is hemorrhaging species, from mammals to fish and insects. The loss of biodiversity we’re facing right now is staggering, thanks to habitat loss, pollution, climate change and other calamities.

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