Sunday, August 20, 2006

Dinosaur extinction at peak diversity supports Raup's hypothesis

T-Rex

By scientific and blogospheric standards, this item is ancient news. But it is sufficiently interesting to warrant recording for later use. The spectacular extinction of the dinosaurs at the K-T boundary evidently occurred at peak diversity. This finding strongly supports David Raup, who has long argued that extinction is more a matter of bad luck than of bad genes. The implications for contemporary biodiversity policy should be self-evident.

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