On the Brink

On the Brink

In its four-and-a-half billion year history, life on Earth has endured five mass extinctions due to cataclysmic events. Today, it is experiencing its sixth mass extinction due to the dominance of a single species of life: Homo sapiens. This map explores humans' role in the sixth mass extinction.


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Conservation, Biology

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October 19, 2023

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