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We may know less about the 'amphibian apocalypse' than we thought

Scientists agree that amphibians are in trouble. But a battle over the details underscores a larger debate within the scientific community. After compiling data taken from all over the world, the researchers found that killer fungi known as chytrid had caused declines in at least 501 species of amphibian. Worse still, 90 of the species affected had been wiped out entirely—driven extinct or to population levels so low that scientists can no longer find any trace that they still exist. Chytrid was even described as the “most destructive pathogen” to biodiversity ever. But today, another group of scientists has called those findings into question.  Read more...



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