What’s on the list for the next extinction?

The next big extinction will be one of nature’s greatest feats of endurance, said David Withers, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, in an interview with the ABC.

David Wither, evolutionary biologist.

Photo: Andrew Meares.

“The thing that will be the biggest is the last ice age, which will be a lot longer, because the oceans are becoming less stable and more acidic, which means we are going to be losing species that would otherwise be gone forever,” he said.

“But we’re not just going to see it happen in the future; there’s going to need to be an enormous amount of human effort in order to get it done.

But we’ll be living in an era where the Earth will be completely gone, he said, predicting that the extinction rate will be much lower than it is today.

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