Scientists: 'extinction not always bad thing'
January 28, 2013 | 14 comments
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When one species of animal goes extinct it can potentially open the door to an increase in biodiversity.
[!gad]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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