April 26 (UPI) — The extinction risks of many species are greatly underestimated, according to new research by ecologists at Columbia University.
The underestimation can be explained by overestimation, the new study — published in the journal Biological Conservation — shows. Researchers have been systematically overestimating the geographical range in which vulnerable species can thrive, the new study argues, suggesting extinction risk for many species is far greater than thought.
Maps featuring overly generous geological ranges are used by conservation organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature to determine a…
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