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Can We Name Earth's Species Before They Go Extinct?

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Science  25 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6118, pp. 413-416
DOI: 10.1126/science.1230318

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  1. Fig. 1

    (A) The number of papers describing species new to science increased in all geographic regions from 1981 to 1990 (white bar), to 1991 to 2000 (gray bar), and 2001 to 2010 (black bar) (n = 10,819, 12,703, and 28,596 publications, respectively). (B) However, the proportion of papers from North America decreased, and the proportion from Asia and Latin America increased. Data compiled from the Web of Science and Zoological Record by Lohrmann et al. (58).

  2. Fig. 2

    Comparison of the number of species left to describe if decadal extinction rates are at 0.1% (green line), 1% (blue line), or 5% (red line) with the number of described species (gray line) if the past decade's average of 16,000 species per year continues.

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