What's Driving Australia's Unparalleled Extinction Rate?
Australia drives more animals, especially land mammals, to extinction than any other continent. What's the cause?By Sebastian Martinez | February 10, 2015
Australia may be known for its native mammals, like the koala or the kangaroo, but it's also apparently the best continent at driving those mammals to extinction. (Video via Youtube / KOALAS)
That's according to a survey that found Australia has lost more than 10 percent of its land mammals since Western settlement started some 200 years ago.
In all, 28 species have gone extinct since the first colony of New South Wales was established in 1788. For perspective, North America has lost only one land-dwelling mammal species since its colonization started, much earlier, although it has lost several subspecies.