21 Sep '12, 9pm

A Quick Guide to Surviving a Mass Extinction Event

A Quick Guide to Surviving a Mass Extinction Event

So, we're in the midst of what some scientists and droves of science writers are calling the Anthropocene . Though there's still debate to be had over whether or not we've truly and fully entered the Era of Man , there's no doubt about this: species are dying off at a terrifying, unprecedented rate. Biologists call it the 6th great extinction, and species like these will be the next to go. So how should a species hope to survive a mass extinction event like the one we humanfolk are currently inflicting upon the world? Dr. David Hone has a new piece in the Guardian that has some helpful pointers (be sure to read the whole thing ): Be small. If you're small you probably have a large population and thus a wider genetic diversity. Small creatures also reproduce faster than large ones allowing for rapid evolution and adaption to new conditions. And of course a small animal does...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/quick-guide-su...

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