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Old 02-02-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Well biology is technically science...

Sadly I think we'll see many famous species disappear in the next 20-30 years, but I'm wondering which species do you think will go the way of the Dodo by 2022?

I think sadly it's too late for a lot of Chinese species. The South China Tiger is probably extinct in the wild. The Chinese alligator will probably follow the Baiji (Chinese River Dolphin) and Chinese Paddlefish.

Numerous amphibian and reptile species will probably go extinct in rainforest areas. The Tasmanian Devil is at serious risk from diseases, while Orang Utans could easily become functionally extinct in a generation.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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The dugong.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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The dugong.
Thankfully I think the dugong is one species doing better. I believe we have the largest dugong populations in the world, especially on the West coast, and we've done a good job at protecting them. I'm not so optimistic about dugongs in Asian waters though.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The extinction of species depends largely on human activity that affects their habitat or environment, and human behavior is notoriously hard to predict (except for the certainty that the folly of history will just keep repeating itself).

We know what men will do, but we don't know the time frame.

In the case of avian taxonomy, which I know a little bit about, the number of extant species of birds in the world has actually increased. The number of new previously unknown species is larger than the number that have gone extinct in the past several decades. A few more had been classified as extinct, and after as much as a century, viable surviving populations of them have been discovered to be flourishing.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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The Florida/Burmese Python due to an extermination program not yet in existence.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:03 AM
 
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Virgins.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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Since the door has been opened: Iranians
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