Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 25, 2011

How Many Species Are There On The Planet?

Based on new predictive techniques the current estimate is that we have 8.7 million species on earth.  The study suggests that 86% of land species and 91% of marine species have yet to be discovered.  Previous estimates had been between 3 and 100 million species on the planet.    The study was conducted by researchers from the Census of Marine Life.  It consisted of  a ten-year project involving 2,700 scientists from more than 80 countries. Read more at: Nature News  Number of species on Earth tagged at 8.7 million : Nature News and the Telegraph Earth is home to 8.7 million species


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