THE BIGGER THEY ARE, THE HARDER THEY FALL
A quote was never said in such wrong way but, what you're gonna do about it? I'm a rebel.
Numerous studies have shown how different mass extinction phenomena have a common pattern especially during the Anthropochene (word coined by biologist E. F. Stormer picturing actual geological period heavily impacted by man): larger animals are the most affected! As a matter of fact the the bigger the animals are, the more probabilities they have to be hunted by man. Is it revealed by study done by William Ripple by Oregon State University over more than 27.000 vertebrate species.
We have to remember also that probably today we are watching a "mass extinction phenomenon", done by man this time, and the most effected ones are small sized animals. In fact they are effected principally by habitat loss. [Jacopo] Sources: - Defaunation in the Anthropocene
By Rodolfo Dirzo, Hillary S. Young, Mauro Galetti, Gerardo Ceballos, Nick J. B. Isaac, Ben Collen, Science25 Jul 2014 : 401-406
- RIPPLE, William J., et al. Status and ecological effects of the world’s largest carnivores. Science, 2014, 343.6167: 1241484.
Photocredits: Matteo Garzia taken at Bioparco di Roma (in order: Ursus arctos, Giraffa reticulata, Bison bonasus, Panthera tigris) .
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