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[2 years ago] What are the most popular reptiles in the world?

[2 years ago] What are the most popular reptiles in the world?

There is a longstanding disagreement amongst conservationists about whether or not it makes sense to focus efforts on protecting species that are popular with us Homo sapiens . Many argue that conserving the most imperiled species should be the priority, or that a species’ importance to the ecosystem in which it lives should be the decisive factor. While mindful of this debate, a research team made up of zoologists, geographers, and computer scientists set out to use Big Data to establish just what are the most popular reptiles around the world — operating on the theory that, whatever side of the debate you fall on, more data is always a good thing. The researchers, who published their results in the journal Biological Conservation this month, found that “fearsome” species such as the king cobra, the saltwater crocodile, and the Komodo dragon were of greatest interest — at...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/top-10-popular-reptiles...

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