Planet is home to 8.7 million species: study

Agence France-Presse: Some 8.7 million different species exist on Earth, though a tiny amount of those have actually been discovered and catalogued, researchers said Tuesday. The count, described by the open access journal PLoS Biology in which it is presented as "the most precise calculation ever offered," replaces previous estimates that swung between three million and 100 million. About 1.25 million species have been discovered and classified since Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus came up in the mid-1700s with......

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