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1 February 2011 The Anthropocene Mass Extinction: An Emerging Curriculum Themefor Science Educators
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There have been five past great mass extinctions during the history of Earth. There is an ever-growing consensus within the scientific community that we have entered a sixth mass extinction. Human activities are associated directly or indirectly with nearly every aspect of this extinction. This article presents an overview of the five past great mass extinctions; an overview of the current Anthropocene mass extinction; past and present human activities associated with the current Anthropocene mass extinction; current and future rates of species extinction; and broad science-curriculum topics associated with the current Anthropocene mass extinction that can be used by science educators. These broad topics are organized around the major global, anthropogenic direct drivers of habitat modification, fragmentation, and destruction; overexploitation of species; the spread of invasive species and genes; pollution; and climate change.

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Ron Wagler "The Anthropocene Mass Extinction: An Emerging Curriculum Themefor Science Educators," The American Biology Teacher 73(2), (1 February 2011). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.2.5
Published: 1 February 2011
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