Amphibian Warning Bell of Mass Extinctions

“Amphibians are an ancient organism, which has survived past extinctions, and is telling us that something is wrong right now (on Earth). The question is whether we humans will listen before it's too late.”

- Vance Vredenburg, Ph.D., Biology, San Francisco State

Already steeply in decline, the critically endangered yellow-legged frogs died at Sixty Lake Basin in California in August 2006. Their killer is the Chytrid fungus (Chytridiomycosis) which has devastated amphibian populations from California to Panama to Brazil to Australia over the past decade. Image courtesy David Wake, Ph.D. and Vance Vredenburg, Ph.D., co-authors of August 12, 2008, report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Already steeply in decline, the critically endangered yellow-legged frogs died at Sixty Lake Basin in California in August 2006. Their killer is the Chytrid fungus (Chytridiomycosis) which has devastated amphibian populations from California to Panama to Brazil to Australia over the past decade. Image courtesy David Wake, Ph.D. and Vance Vredenburg, Ph.D., co-authors of August 12, 2008, report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

August 15, 2008  Berkeley, California - Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians – all amphibians – are among the oldest creatures on Earth. Amphibians have survived the last four of five mass extinctions on this planet.

 

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