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Ever since man has started settling and developing they have grown in population and a reflection of that is the decline of certain species Many species have become extinct before and since the dinosaurs However the extinctions today compared to those that took place millions of years ago are remarkably different A lot has changed since the time of dinosaurs Norman Myers once said that Current extinctions are crucially different from those in the past The most obvious difference is the swift pace of extinctions that happens today An estimate of hundreds of species has died off in the past fifty years If this continues we are expected to lose over half of the living species in the next century Humans seem to be the major factor that is causing todays extinctions rate to rise so rapidly Ever since the dawn of man they have been growing in population exploring covering new land settling and developing Today there are millions of endangered species in the world Australia alone has approximately 1500 endangered species This includes the banded anteater red kangaroo wombat giant freshwater crayfish and the giant clam The Koala is the most important animal on Australia mind right now How are factors of continental drift eating habits predators climate reproduction disease and man effecting the koala in todays world What is being done to save these harmless creatures Before Australia was inhabited and still new to the world it was green and plentiful Koalas lived in the rainforest that the covered the entire continent Then the continent started to dry out and the koalas were forced to move to the eastern shore where they adapted to one tree call the Eucalyptus Tree This one tree is all the koala has to eat off and live in The shift from forest to the bush in the outback killed off a third of the koalas that existed millions of years ago Norris 50 The koalas soon
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