News of the WeekPaleontology

Life's Diversity May Truly Have Leaped Since the Dinosaurs

Science  16 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5622, pp. 1067-1069
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5622.1067a

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Paleontologists have become increasingly concerned that their less-than-systematic search for trophy fossils may have misled them about life's inevitably rising diversity. Now on page 1133 of this issue of Science, a group of paleontologists largely lays those worries to rest.