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Paleontologist: Earth could be on the cusp of sixth mass extinction

To date, five mass extinctions have taken place over the historical past of planet Earth. According to one paleontologist, we may be on the brink of a sixth. 

Extinction occasions do not occur in an instant, rather they unfold over hundreds of thousands of years. This means that the mass extinction may not be seen by the general population as it is happening. Jill Leonard-Pingel, a pale ecologist at The Ohio State College said, “If we don’t see the whole extinction of a bunch of animals in our lifetimes, and even a few generations, it doesn’t imply that they aren’t fated for extinction,” she says. 

“There shall be some extent within the not too distant future once we leave the blue sea and really feel this mass extinction throughout us very clearly,” Nizar Ibrahim, a paleontologist at the college of Detroit Mercy said. This extinction is contrasting with the one which occurred by the asteroid which hit the Earth 35 million years past. Ellen Currano, a pale botanist on the collage of Wyoming says, “This can be a lot slower than that, on the dimensions of human lifetimes.”

ARTICLE: PATEL CHAITANYA

SCIENCE/HEALTH EDITOR: KYLE SMITH

PHOTO CREDITS: JONATHAN BLAIR/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE 

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