Homo Sapiens or modern men are the main agents behind the present day mass extinction that is occurring at such an extensive rate throughout the planet.
A paleontologist’s duty is the broad field of natural history. A man or a woman with khaki clothes who is down in the dust brushing away the debris from fossils is the common image that is conjured up every time we imagine a paleontologist.
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But while many may think that the whole point of the business is pretty irrelevant, in fact exploring ancient relics of life forms does have an impact on the present. That is because the present can end up pretty much like the past. That is it might end in mass extinction of every animal and plant on earth including mankind.
We all know that the current times are exemplified by environmental rape, resource depletion and the ever-looming threat of a nuclear winter. Most of the species are disappearing at a faster and faster rate.
If mankind keeps up his activities of plunder and devastation any longer, the result will be dire dearth indeed. Paleontology lends a bird’s eye view of the several major extinctions which have already occurred on earth.
The fossil record shows us a Big 5 where the mass extinctions occurred for a total number of five times throughout prehistoric times. But the real big whopper is that the sixth and most massive extinction phase is occurring right here, right now!
The rate of extinction has doubled every time a new wave of dying occurs. This trend raises the fear factor up by several notches for modern man. If he is not careful, he has more to lose than just his free lunch.
By employing a number of statistical calculations and complex mathematical operations, scientists have been able to map out the real stuff behind the complacent surface of our ignorant state of mass hypnosis as regards the planet’s health.
For one thing, as modern times start being approached, the rate of extinction goes up almost exponentially. It’s not just a matter of biodiversity. The very survival of each and every species down to the last man alive on earth is what is at stake here.
Since everything is related to everything else, these statistics count as very real markers of the future of our species. There is still time in which to at least stop if not undo the damage done to the earth and its wildlife in its tracks. And nothing is ours but time!
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The study has been published in Science Advances.