Research published in Science Advances shows that humans have had an enormous influence on the extinction of 96% of mammalian species in 126,000 years. Researchers ring the alarm that with each “missing species” we are losing part of the natural history of the Earth.
The research has analyzed 351 mammals that have become extinct since the beginning of the Late Pleistocene, including mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and giant ground sloths. The researchers found that the signs of extinctions in Australia, North America, and Madagascar increased drastically upon human arrival and found that previous extinctions were not continuous and temporary, but only occasionally.
Fossils that were researched by scientists also show that 558 mammals will disappear shortly. Scientists warn that we are entering the sixth mass extinction, and whatever we do now, we are likely to define the future of humanity.