Almost 600 Plants have already gone extinct

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Posted Jun 22, 2019 | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Stockholm University

This study by the scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Stockholm University suggests that 571 plant species have disappeared in the last two and a half centuries – four times more than the current listing of extinct plants. This new number is more than twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians recorded as extinct, a combined total of 217 species. The loss of flora is particularly high in areas of high biodiversity and burgeoning human populations, such as Madagascar, the Brazilian rainforests, India and South Africa. However, the paper’s analysis also reveals that 430 species once considered extinct have been rediscovered. Of these 90 percent still have a high extinction risk.


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