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History’s normal rate of species disappearance is accelerating: scientists

By Faye Flam

Biologist E.O. Wilson once pondered whether many of our fellow living things were doomed once evolution gave rise to an intelligent, technological creature that also happened to be a rapacious carnivore, fiercely territorial and prone to short-term thinking.

We humans can be so destructive that some scientists believe we’ve now triggered a mass extinction – one that in several hundred years will rival the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs.

In some places, a mass extinction is already under way. Haiti, a “hotspot” for plant and animal diversity, may be closest to ecological collapse.

Read the original article at: Montreal Gazette

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