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)

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  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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