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Re: Extinction (was Jurassic Intelligence)
>From: KAREN E RICHARDSON <K.E.Richardson@greenwich.ac.uk>
> > > > Well then, we should be sitting pretty - no animal I know if in the
> > > > history of the Earth has had such a wide geographic distribution.
> > > > Even most of our domestic animals fail to match our range: I think
> > > > only the dog and *maybe* the cat are found *everywhere* humans are.
> Sorry for the delay in commenting I've been away and had alot of mail
> to wade through. With regards to wide geographic distributions -
> what about BIRDS they are everywhere man is and more so,
Birds as a *class* are almost as widespread (I know of no birds in
outer space, so they fall a little short of humans). Bit no *individual*
species of bird is as widespread as humans. Since we were talking about
species extinction, it is this comparison that is more apropos.
> penguins in
> the South Pole etc and the Arctic Tern which traverses the whole globe
The Arctic Tern may have a "pole-to-pole" distribution, but it is *not*
global. Its migration paths and nesting grounds are quite constrained.
The peace of God be with you.