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A species' unwelcome inheritance: extinction risk

September, 2009

(2009 Year of Science - Celebrate Biodiversity and Conservation)

With the species of the world facing the sixth mass extintion, conseration efforts are underway to protect and preserve as many species as possible.  But on which species should conservation efforts focus?  Dr. David Jablonski, Professor at the University of Chicago, explains how his research indicates that extinction risk is not distributed evenly across species, but instead clumped in evolutionarily related groups, which has progound implications for conservation efforts. 

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