Strength in Numbers

At the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting this week, the University of Chicago in Illinois' Tim Wootton and Cathy Pfister told attendees that they suspect that sheer numbers are more important than genetic diversity to species threatened with extinction, says Ed Yong at the Nature News blog. The husband-and-wife team's results come from a 12-year-long experiment conducted on extinction and conservation.

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