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Old 06-11-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Who Are We Sharing the Planet With? Millions Less Species Than Previously Thought

Who Are We Sharing the Planet With? Millions Less Species Than Previously Thought, New Calculations Suggest
ScienceDaily
June 2, 2010

Who are we sharing the planet with? Millions less species than previously thought, new calculations suggest
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New calculations reveal that the number of species on Earth is likely to be in the order of several million rather than tens of millions. The findings, from a University of Melbourne-led study, are based on a new method of estimating tropical insect species -- the largest and one of the most difficult groups on the planet to study -- having significant implications for conservation efforts.

The study's lead author, Dr Andrew Hamilton from The University of Melbourne's School of Land and Environment, said he was driven to...
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