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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Sixth #Species #Extinction - Who's Next?
“The more we damage nature’s fabric the more we imperil our own future.”
EXTINCTION – Mammals on Death Row
Mankind is driving a mass extinction that could obliterate large swathes of life on Earth for millions of years, scientists have warned in a new study. The US National Academy of Sciences has published a report in its journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), on the 15 October called “Mammals diversity will take millions of years to recover from the current biodiversity crisis”.
The report speaks of the current sixth mass extinction of animal and plant species caused entirely by humans that is as severe as any of the previous five extinction events in the past 450 million years. It is moving so rapidly that natural evolution cannot keep up. This is horrifying. Although this has been known for some decades, Governments mostly do not care and the public at large is only now becoming aware of it. The period of time since the last mass extinction 66 million years ago, that killed the dinosaurs, is known as the ‘Age of Mammals. Our own species is a child of this age. Most mammal species, just like us, give birth to live offspring, have females that secrete milk for the nourishment of the young and live in family based communities.