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  Re: Extinction & Loss of Habitat
From: "Phil Bunch" pbunch at cts.com> on 2001.11.08 at 17:11:01(7789)
Actually there is one hopeful aspect to mass extinctions. They are
generally followed by "rapid" evolutionary radiations. Not of course
that we will enjoy the process since rapid in the evolutionary sense
is slow by our measure. We are losing much that is beautiful and/or of
interest. However, as we create many new habitats, something will
adapt to grow in or on them. I don't think that DNA will just give up.
In fact since we consider these new habitats to be ours, much of what
evolves will be seen as weeds or pests. We just barely stay ahead of
the species we don't like. There is no question that we will reap
what we sow.

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