mass extinction monday, paleobiology

Mass Extinction Monday | BONUS – THE ANTHROPOCENE (present day)

Severity: TBD

Cause: Fossil fuel combustion

Climate: Rapid climate change, sea level change, ocean acidification, ocean anoxia, ozone destruction

Aftermath: ??

Mass extinction aren’t just something of the past; it’s commonly accepted that we’re in one right now.

While the Anthropocene isn’t yet an official epoch, there is mounting evidence to suggest that human activity has caused such a perturbation to the system that there should be a departure from the Holocene.

It’s possible that up to 140,000 are going extinct each year, primarily as a result of human activities.

HERE’s a nice TIME article on this sixth mass extinction.

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