By Julie Kerr Casper PhD
Throughout the process hundreds of thousands of years, animals have tailored to numerous environments on the earth. even though animals have advanced over geologic time to Earth's consistently altering environments, and even if the extinctions of definite species are basic, in no different time within the planet's historical past has the extinction fee climbed as excessive because it is at the present time. explanations of this remarkable extinction price comprise destruction of flora and fauna habitat, pollutants, overfishing, and poaching. "Animals" illustrates those pressing concerns in a fashion obtainable to heart and highschool readers.
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