Saturday, June 20, 2015

Holocene Extinction - The Sixth Extinction

Chart of extinction events that wiped out most life on Earth.
The Holocene Extinction, sometimes called the Sixth Extinction, is a name used to describe the currently ongoing extinction event of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BCE) mainly due to human activity. The large number of extinctions span numerous families of plants and animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods.

Although 875 extinctions occurring between 1500 and 2009 have been documented, the vast majority are undocumented.