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What Triggers Mass Extinctions?

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

What Triggers Mass Extinctions? Study Shows How Invasive Species Stop New Life
ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, according to research results published December 29 in the journal PLoS ONE. The study of the collapse of Earth’s marine life 378 to 375 million years ago suggests that the planet’s current ecosystems, which are struggling with biodiversity loss, could meet a similar fate.

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