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New species discovered

Discussion in 'Herp Awareness' started by furryscaly, Oct 13, 2005.

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  1. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

  2. jacky

    jacky Moderated Status

    WOW,that's very exciting! Imagine all the animals out there to still being discovered. :)
    You think there are animals that are extinct and never been discovered? :(
     
  3. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Well Matt, since you are so awesome at identifications maybe they will name it after you, something like Mascalyman..:D
     
  4. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Unfortunately, its pretty much a certainty. There isn't a scientist alive today that doesn't believe that. I forget the exact numbers, but you'd be shocked to find out how many species are estimated to go extinct EVERY DAY. By the time you wake up tomorrow, several more species will have been wiped from the earth, never to return. Most of them have never even been found yet.
     
  5. jacky

    jacky Moderated Status

    This is really shocking to hear :( .And it's all because of us :(
     
  6. huhwhat

    huhwhat Established Member

    No, it isn't "all because of us". Species appeared and disappeared eons before humans existed. Extinction is part of nature. Have humans caused the extinction of some species? Yes. However, to blame all extinction on humans is silly.
     
  7. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    True, not all the current extinctions are our fault, but the great majority are. Most are in the rainforests where deforestation causes loss of habitat. Certain species only live in certain areas of the forest, and when that forest is wiped out, so is the animal. The golden toad, for example, was only known to exist on one mountain in South America. Every breeding season they could be seen gathering in their hundreds. When that mountain was logged, the toads dissapeared completely, and have never been seen anywhere else since then. I think they wre declaired extinct in the 80s. I don't think Jacky meant that ALL extinctions are because of us, but the unnatural ones are all because of us.
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Agreed. Extinctions were taking place long before we decided to meddle with mother nature!
    Unfortunately however we do have to shoulder the blame for helping to speed many species into oblivion.
    Between our constructions and our chemicals we have seriously affected the entire eco-system.
     
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