Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Scientists: 'extinction not always bad thing'

Posted on Monday, 28 January, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

 
When one species of animal goes extinct it can potentially open the door to an increase in biodiversity.

The extinction of a species is generally considered to be a disaster, however researchers at the Natural History Museum in London are putting together a new exhibit to demonstrate the potential good that can come from such an occurrence. More than 99% of the animal species that ever lived on Earth are now extinct and many of those paved the way for new types of animals to evolve into the niches these extinctions left behind.

Recreations of 80 extinct species will be included in the exhibit due to open later this month, each picked to highlight the way in which extinctions affect life elsewhere on the planet. It is believed that if the dinosaurs had not died out, for instance, that mammals and birds would have never had the chance to dominate and as a result, humans may never have existed at all.

"They are the natural treasures that have been lost from the world forever, but the extinction of a species may not always be a bad thing according to the Natural History Museum."

  View: Full article

 Source: Telegraph


  Discuss: View comments (14)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Chooky88 on 28 January, 2013, 15:14
Its a drop bear! Glad they are extinct
Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword on 28 January, 2013, 15:16
The article just point out the half thruth. Extinction that occurs naturally againts man-made. Go and raze all the forests in the world and see what happens. See what biodiversity is going to develop. Most life lives on the plains. Pine forests are relatively lifeless. Didn't you watch planet earth?No need to worry about the earth. If we abuse it to the point that it no longer supports human life we will be gone, the planet will remain creating and evolving life.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jeffertonturner on 28 January, 2013, 15:17
But the planet is ours now. We are the dinosaurs today. Classic human ignorance.
Comment icon #8 Posted by King Fluffs on 28 January, 2013, 16:31
Extinction isn't always a bad thing, for example, if spiders became extinct, I'd be a very happy man.
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 28 January, 2013, 17:14
Well, the extinction of the Islamic radicals would not be a bad thing. IMO.
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 28 January, 2013, 19:09
as long as its natural not extinction by humans .in other words some people or groups might find this as a reason to kill of animals.let nature and the earth determine that.sure though animals and living organisms do not die they just evolve into something else.nothing really dies.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Kikapo on 28 January, 2013, 21:24
Well, speaking entirely of the dinosaur I completely agree, but if "extinctions not always a bad thing" then why the heck are scientists so hell bent on bringing them back!? js.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 29 January, 2013, 7:25
Well, the extinction of the Islamic radicals would not be a bad thing. IMO. Same with Christian radicals....all types of radicals. Or better: the reasons that MADE them radicals. Well, speaking entirely of the dinosaur I completely agree, but if "extinctions not always a bad thing" then why the heck are scientists so hell bent on bringing them back!? js. I guess it's that old answer: "because they can!". If it can be done, it will be done eventually...
Comment icon #13 Posted by shadowlark on 29 January, 2013, 20:06
as long as its natural not extinction by humans .in other words some people or groups might find this as a reason to kill of animals.let nature and the earth determine that.sure though animals and living organisms do not die they just evolve into something else.nothing really dies. That's not true at all. There are many evolutionary branches that have died out.
Comment icon #14 Posted by setsuna2275 on 1 February, 2013, 12:52
Extinction Is Not Bad Things For Scientists Because They Can Bring Back Extinct Animals... But Its A Bad Thing For Me


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
7-25-2017
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression.
Eden Project UFO revealed as publicity stunt
7-25-2017
Videos and pictures of an alleged UFO over Cornwall have turned out to be part of a promotional exercise.
Moon is much wetter than previously thought
7-25-2017
Satellite data has revealed that there is water trapped all across the Moon's surface, not just at the poles.
New species of giant sunfish discovered
7-24-2017
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years.
Other news in this category
New species of giant sunfish discovered
Posted 7-24-2017 | 4 comments
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years....
 
Water bears could survive the apocalypse
Posted 7-16-2017 | 13 comments
Scientists have identified a microscopic species capable of surviving almost any cataclysmic event....
 
Ants build towers out of their own bodies
Posted 7-15-2017 | 4 comments
A new study has revealed the amazing way in which fire ants cling together to form living towers....
 
Sea spiders pump blood using their guts
Posted 7-11-2017 | 1 comment
With bodies consisting almost entirely of legs, these undersea arthropods are truly bizarre creatures....
 
US Navy dolphins set to help save porpoises
Posted 7-1-2017 | 4 comments
The Mexican government is hoping to use specially trained dolphins to save the vaquita porpoise....
 
Do giraffes often get struck by lightning ?
Posted 7-1-2017 | 12 comments
Being the world's tallest animal, is the giraffe more prone to lightning strikes than other animals ?...
 
Major new study investigates bee collapse
Posted 6-30-2017 | 2 comments
The research has indicated that neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to both honeybees and wild bees....
 
Deer filmed engaging in bizarre 'slap fight'
Posted 6-25-2017 | 31 comments
Footage recorded by a wildlife camera in Tennessee shows two whitetail bucks slapping each other silly....
 
Amazing creatures found 4km beneath the sea
Posted 6-21-2017 | 11 comments
Scientists have revealed some of the weird and wonderful animals that live in Australia's eastern abyss....
 
Cats were first domesticated 9,000 years ago
Posted 6-19-2017 | 14 comments
A major new study has revealed how cats went from wild animals to one of mankind's closest friends....
 
Two-headed porpoise caught in the North Sea
Posted 6-15-2017 | 9 comments
Discovered off the coast of the Netherlands, the specimen is the first of its kind ever found....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ