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Mass extinctions remove species but not ecological variety


January 9, 2018

Though mass extinctions wiped out staggeringly high numbers of species, they barely touched the overall "functional" diversity -- how each species makes a living, be it filtering phytoplankton or eating small crustaceans, burrowing or clamping onto rocks. University of Chicago scientists documented this surprising trend in a study on extinctions published Jan. 5 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Full Story

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