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Among the ancient biota—or plant and animal life—found so far: four turtle species, eight amphibian species, 15 fishes, 17 mammals, 24 of the winged reptiles called pterosaurs and no fewer than 53 ancient bird species.
Jennifer Kahn and her sources say that the biota has changed drastically before; but never before, since humans appeared 200,000 years ago, have so many species disappeared.
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