The lament of the taxonomist

The good news: A recent study of preserved museum specimens revealed that the Caribbean is home to 39 different species of skink, rather than the previously-accepted six. The bad news: Turns out that 16 of those species are already extinct. (Via Tim Heffernan)


  1. Not sure why this is bad news. Extinction has happened since the beginning of time. It makes room for new new/other species to expand into their evolutionary niche.

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