Not always safety in numbers when it comes to extinction risk

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Geologists map prehistoric climate changes in Canada’s Yukon Territory

Posted: 08 May 2012 09:45 AM PDT

Scientists have analyzed sedimentary and geochemical records of water-level changes in Rantin Lake, located in the boreal forest of Canada’s southeastern Yukon Territory.

Not always safety in numbers when it comes to extinction risk

Posted: 08 May 2012 08:28 AM PDT

A basic tenet underpinning scientists’ understanding of extinction is that more abundant species persist longer than their less abundant counterparts. A new study reveals a much more complex relationship. A team of scientists analyzed more than 46,000 fossils from 52 sites and found that greater numbers did indeed help clam-like brachiopods survive the Ordovician extinction. Surprisingly, abundance did not help brachiopod species persist for extended periods outside of the extinction event.
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