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6 Ways to Survive a Mass Extinction Event

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6 Ways to Survive a Mass Extinction Event

So, we’re in the midst of what some scientists and droves of science writers are calling the Anthropocene. Though there’s still debate to be had over whether or not we’ve truly and fully entered the Era of Man, there’s no doubt about this: species are dying off at a terrifying, unprecedented rate. Biologists call it the 6th great extinction, and species like these will be the next to go.

So how should a species hope to survive a mass extinction event like the one we humanfolk are currently inflicting upon the world? Dr. David Hone has a new piece in the Guardian that has some helpful pointers (be sure to read the whole thing):

1. Be small. If you’re small, you probably have a large population and thus wider genetic diversity. Small creatures also reproduce faster than large ones allowing for rapid evolution and adaption to new conditions. And of course a small animal doesn’t require as much food or resources to keep going…

2. Have lots of offspring. As above, having a lot of variation will help evolution along and make it more likely some will survive so pumping out the kids will help. Possums are about the same size as domestic cats but have twice as many young per litter, for example.

3. Be a generalist. If you have only one source of food, or need a specific plant to shelter in, then you’re doomed if that is affected or taken out. But if you can eat more or less anything that comes your way, you have a greater chance…

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By Brian Merchant, TreeHugger

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8:48AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

interesting but I feel we are here for a bit longer

2:29AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

good information to have, even if a bit paranoid....thanks!

7:39PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012


7:32AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

8:58PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Want to stop animals from going extinct - exterminate humans. Humans are the cause for nearly every animal extinction.

6:21AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Humans.... gone.

3:10AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

This would be great article for someone in the 6th grade, but it was useless to me.

4:03PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

rats, cats, goats, roach

it is just that we can make things worse. even without us, they would not have an easy time
and with us helping them when we did not harm their survival.

12:03PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012


9:44AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012


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