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558 mammal species may go extinct by 2100


The current diversity of mammals consists of approximately 5,700 extant species.


By 2100, the number of mammal species going extinct globally is likely to reach 558 if conservation efforts are not stepped up, researchers have predicted.


The current diversity of mammals consists of approximately 5,700 extant species.


Out of them, 80 are known from historical reports since the year 1500, while all others are only known from fossil or zooarcheological records.


Based on current trends, the researchers predicted for the near future a rate escalation of unprecedented magnitude.


However, the study noted that despite the high level of current threat, there is still a window of opportunity to prevent many species’ extinctions by improving conservation efforts.






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