By Dr John Happs
“The history of any one part of the Earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror.”
Dr Derek Victor Ager, British paleontologist (1923-1993) in his book: “The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record” (1973)
There are more species around today than at any other time in Earth’s history yet it is widely accepted that, of all biological species that have lived on Earth, more than 90% became extinct long before humans came along. Today, there is an acknowledged rate of ongoing extinctions called the background rate whereby species naturally disappear over time.