They actually haven’tpublished a formal rate of extinction since 2004, but conservative estimates suggested 1 per 1 million species were going extinct. However, that estimate has been modified to say 100 – 1,000 times that in each year, growing exponentially. It’s been compared to the 5th mass extinction that occurred in the age of the dinosaurs.
There’s still a vast number of species that haven’t yet been described by scientists, and the term extinction is usually hesitated upon…since some species might exist despite being unseen for a number of years.
Currently, there are 208 species possibly extinct and under evaluation. If they were verified in 2010, that could potentially be the number classified extinct (though they may have been extinct much earlier.)
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