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Invertebrate populations have dropped by 45 percent in the last four decades

25
Jul
2014

Much has been said about the loss of bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian species around the world. We had strong suspicions that the problem was largely with the vertebrates, said Rodolfo Dirzo, an ecologist at Stanford University, in an email to The Verge. But it was surprising to see this now, also, among the invertebrates, or animals without developed spines. Overall, they found that 67 percent of the world’s invertebrates have declined in numbers by an average of 45 percent.

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