19 May '11, 4pm

New paper stirs up controversy over how scientists estimate extinction rates

New paper stirs up controversy over how scientists estimate extinction rates

3,000 amphibians, 160 land mammals remain undiscovered—that is if they don't go extinct first (05/18/2011) Remote little-explored rainforests probably harbor the majority of undiscovered amphibians and land mammals according to a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The study calculated that it's likely 33% of the world's amphibians and 3% of terrestrial mammals still remain unknown. However, the paper also found that these undiscovered species are likely in worse peril of extinction than already-described species. New method to measure threat of extinction could help conservationists prioritize (04/07/2011) Researchers have developed a new method to predict how close species are to extinction. Dubbed SAFE (Species Ability to Forestall Extinction) the researchers believe the new tool, published in the Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, should help conservati...

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