Can we name Earth's species before they go extinct?

@article{Costello2013CanWN,
  title={Can we name Earth's species before they go extinct?},
  author={Mark John Costello and Robert M. May and Nigel E. Stork},
  journal={Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={339 6118},
  pages={
          413-6
        }
}
Some people despair that most species will go extinct before they are discovered. However, such worries result from overestimates of how many species may exist, beliefs that the expertise to describe species is decreasing, and alarmist estimates of extinction rates. We argue that the number of species on Earth today is 5 ± 3 million, of which 1.5 million are named. New databases show that there are more taxonomists describing species than ever before, and their number is increasing faster than… CONTINUE READING

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