When Will the Next Mass Extinction Occur?

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Normal background extinctions and mass extinction events are examined in this short video that suggests that environmental change, naturally occurring and change caused by humans, is the key factor in such events.

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Instructional Ideas

  • In his lengthy Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Harai presents his theories on how homosapiens have contributed to species extinction; fascinating background reading
Classroom Considerations

  • Flip the lesson having class members watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the provided links before returning to class for discussion
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