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Scientists: 'extinction not always bad thing'

Posted on Monday, 28 January, 2013 | Comment icon 15 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword on 28 January, 2013, 15:16
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
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
Same with Christian radicals....all types of radicals. Or better: the reasons that MADE them radicals. 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
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 :(

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