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Past extinctions inform scientists about what's to come for our mammals.

Joanne Parkinson

7th September 2020

Scientists have been using evidence from fossil evidence to calculate the extent to which current species will go extent.

They suggest that a minimum of 550 species of mammal will become extinct if we do not protect them from the threats of climate change and habitat loss.

The computer models which have used past extinction rates to predict the future changes, suggest that humans are completely to blame for the threats that our current mammal species face. It is our responsibility to ensure they are protected, with many scientists believing that something can be done if strategies are put in place now to slow down the pace of habitat destruction and to put wildlife first.

The evidence suggests that by the year 2100 the Earth will be experiencing its 6th mass extinction if things don't change.

For more on this article and links to associated materials, check out the following news report:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54034134

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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