Extinction: Not the End of the World

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Just like its name suggests, ‘Extinction: Not the End of the World?’ is brimming with questions. Is extinction a creative as well as a destructive force? (Certainly.) Are humans causing the sixth mass extinction? (Probably.) And when will it be our turn to go? (Who knows, but damned if the NHM’s list of possible causes doesn’t read like Michael Bay’s IMDB page.) The answers, insofar as they exist, are handled with care, but conservationists should prepare to be shaken. Alongside extinction’s greatest hits – dinosaurs, the dodo – the NHM displays a heartbreaking cast of recent losses, not least the Baiji dolphin, gone from China’s Yangtze River as recently as 2006. All the more impressive, then, that ‘Extinction’ never feels didactic. Visit before it’s gone forever.
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Extinction of species is currently happening at a faster and higher rate than ever before. The extinctions we see are growing exponentially. The title of this exhibition may be true in that its not' the end' of the world, but as far as it implies nothing dramatically unusual, that aint true. This is especially true of bird species, insects, reptiles. And many mammals and animals that are threatened across the globe due to human insensitivity to living harmoniously with nature. It would have been good to see more about how we can act to change this, and remove the authorities and powers that are trying to surpress life for money and power.