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Can We Name Earth's Species Before They Go Extinct?

Overview of attention for article published in Science, January 2013
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Title
Can We Name Earth's Species Before They Go Extinct?
Published in
Science, January 2013
DOI 10.1126/science.1230318
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Authors

M. J. Costello, R. M. May, N. E. Stork

Abstract

Some people despair that most species will go extinct before they are discovered. However, such worries result from overestimates of how many species may exist, beliefs that the expertise to describe species is decreasing, and alarmist estimates of extinction rates. We argue that the number of species on Earth today is 5 ± 3 million, of which 1.5 million are named. New databases show that there are more taxonomists describing species than ever before, and their number is increasing faster than the rate of species description. Conservation efforts and species survival in secondary habitats are at least delaying extinctions. Extinction rates are, however, poorly quantified, ranging from 0.01 to 1% (at most 5%) per decade. We propose practical actions to improve taxonomic productivity and associated understanding and conservation of biodiversity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 33 3%
United States 20 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Spain 10 1%
Germany 10 1%
France 4 <1%
Mexico 3 <1%
South Africa 3 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Other 32 3%
Unknown 849 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 217 22%
Researcher 208 21%
Student > Master 151 15%
Student > Bachelor 103 11%
Professor 58 6%
Other 187 19%
Unknown 55 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 596 61%
Environmental Science 182 19%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 29 3%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 28 3%
Social Sciences 11 1%
Other 45 5%
Unknown 88 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 286. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 December 2019.
All research outputs
#54,800
of 15,543,848 outputs
Outputs from Science
#2,355
of 66,860 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#520
of 250,879 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#18
of 723 outputs
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