Is this the end of a world, a new mass extinction? The natural history Museum of Toulouse is launching a cry of alarm, with an exhibition very educational on the serious threats to biodiversity due to human activity.

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Designed by the prestigious Natural History Museum in London, and enriched by the funds of the institution in toulouse, Extinctions, the end of the world? made a stopover in the City rose from the October 9, 2019 June 28, 2020, after including London, Beijing and Porto (Portugal). The visitor can get a taste first with the previous mass extinctions, the species that have already disappeared off the map, such as the famous Dodo, a species of bird of Mauritius, now extinct, or, more recently, the Baiji, the yangtze river dolphin, also called the “god of the Yangzi” and is probably extinct in 2006. A molding and a video to relive this freshwater dolphin long snout that can exceed 50 inches.

and Then it will continue, with video, with testimonies of scientists and multimedia facilities, with the efforts of conservation of biodiversity and will include how a species was able to survive a mass extinction, such as the very resistant Leatherback turtle. The exhibition ends by questioning the future of the Human and other species. The Museum of Toulouse, the oldest in France after that of Paris, braque also the spotlight on local species is little known but highly threatened species such as the Desman of the Pyrenees, a singular mixture of rat and anteater. This mammal is semi-aquatic with a small wrong has been described by scientists in 1811.

“in the past twenty years, 400 species have disappeared, and today one million are threatened with”

Francis Duranthon, director of the Museum

dinosaurs in the great auk, 99% of species who ever lived on earth are now extinct. If extinction is a phenomenon that is inherent to life, it is the extent and speed of the loss of biodiversity that calls out: “in the past twenty years, 400 species have disappeared, and today one million are threatened,” warns the director of the Museum, Francis Duranthon. “It is important to ensure that biodiversity can continue to thrive. The goal is to show and alert about what we expected. That we should be asking ourselves about our various practices”, he insists.

“There is still time to act, individually or collectively, for the maintenance of biodiversity on the scale of the planet. One can act. I’m worried but I want to stay optimistic,” he concludes.

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