Future of the Environment

It will take the Earth 3 million years to recover from the species going extinct in the near future

A keeper holds the first Spiny turtle to be bred in the UK in the turtle breeding room at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England June 13, 2013. The turtle, who's species is faced with extinction in the wild, was bred from two animals confiscated from an illegal haul by wildlife authorities in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - LM1E96D11CA01

99.9% of critically endangered species and 67% of endangered species will be lost within the next 100 years. Image: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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The indri of Madagascar — the largest living lemur — is critically endangered and highly evolutionarily distinct. If the indri goes extinct, we will lose 19 million years of unique evolutionary history.
Image: Aarhus University
 Litopterns, like this one discovered by Charles Darwin, were a strange-looking group of prehistoric South American mammals that were not closely related to any species alive today. When they went extinct at the end of the Ice Age, the mammal Tree of Life lost one of its deepest branches.
Image: Robert Bruce Horsfall via Wikimedia Commons
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