International Business Times: Mammal Biodiversity 20% Larger Than Previously Thought, New Database Find

New-to-me, from International Business Times: Mammal Biodiversity 20% Larger Than Previously Thought, New Database Find. “Earth has 6,399 distinct mammal species living today, while 96 others have gone extinct in the last 500 years, according to a new database on mammalian diversity. This number is almost 20 percent higher than the previous known figure of 5,416 mammal species that were known in 2005, and a much larger jump from the 4,631 species known in 1993. The Mammal Diversity Database, which lists the new taxonomy for mammals, is publicly accessible and was founded in 2017 by the American Society of Mammalogists, which funds it along with the National Science Foundation.”

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