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One Fifth of Vertebrates in the Grip of an 'Extinction Crisis’


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Louise Gray

Source: The Telegraph

October 27, 2010


The most comprehensive study ever carried out of animals with a backbone, or vertebrates, found that on average 50 species become more endangered each year. Insects, corals, aquatic creatures and plant species are also declining.


The Zoological Society of London study, published in the journal Science, blamed human activities such as farming and the introduction of invasive species in different countries.


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