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C R Biol. 2011 May;334(5-6):346-50. doi: 10.1016/j.crvi.2010.12.002. Epub 2011 Feb 16.

Why should we be concerned about loss of biodiversity.

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Zoology Department, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom. robert.may@zoo.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Over the past century, documented extinctions in well-studied taxonomic groups have been at rates one hundred-fold to one thousand-fold above the average extinction rates seen over the half billion year sweep of the fossil record. But for most groups, particularly invertebrates, we are very uncertain how many species there are on Earth today, much less rates of extinction.

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10.1016/j.crvi.2010.12.002
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