Species number on Earth a mystery

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Species number on Earth a mystery

Post by edfrank » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:22 pm

Species number on Earth a mystery
James Cook University
Monday, 23 July 2012

We just do not know how many different species live on earth, according to a new study by a group of international scientists.

“There could be as few as two million species or more than 50 million,” said Professor William Laurance of James Cook University. “That’s how uncertain things are.”

Professor Laurance is co-author of the study published in in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
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Re: Species number on Earth a mystery

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:41 pm

When you consider that there may be thousands of species of microbes unique to larger species (and depending upon their bodies and innards to serve as home), then there's not telling how many species are on Earth.

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