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The Anthropocene Mass Extinction: An Emerging Curriculum Theme for Science Educators

The Anthropocene Mass Extinction: An Emerging Curriculum Theme for Science Educators There have been five past great mass extinctions during the history of Earth. There is an ever-growing consensus within the scientific community that we have entered a sixth mass extinction. Human activities are associated directly or indirectly with nearly every aspect of this extinction. This article presents an overview of the five past great mass extinctions; an overview of the current Anthropocene mass extinction; past and present human activities associated with the current Anthropocene mass extinction; current and future rates of species extinction; and broad science-curriculum topics associated with the current Anthropocene mass extinction that can be used by science educators. These broad topics are organized around the major global, anthropogenic direct drivers of habitat modification, fragmentation, and destruction; overexploitation of species; the spread of invasive species and genes; pollution; and climate change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Biology Teacher University of California Press

The Anthropocene Mass Extinction: An Emerging Curriculum Theme for Science Educators

The American Biology Teacher , Volume 73 (2) – Feb 1, 2011

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University of California Press
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Copyright © by the University of California Press
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Articles
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0002-7685
eISSN
1938-4211
DOI
10.1525/abt.2011.73.2.5
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Abstract

There have been five past great mass extinctions during the history of Earth. There is an ever-growing consensus within the scientific community that we have entered a sixth mass extinction. Human activities are associated directly or indirectly with nearly every aspect of this extinction. This article presents an overview of the five past great mass extinctions; an overview of the current Anthropocene mass extinction; past and present human activities associated with the current Anthropocene mass extinction; current and future rates of species extinction; and broad science-curriculum topics associated with the current Anthropocene mass extinction that can be used by science educators. These broad topics are organized around the major global, anthropogenic direct drivers of habitat modification, fragmentation, and destruction; overexploitation of species; the spread of invasive species and genes; pollution; and climate change.

Journal

The American Biology TeacherUniversity of California Press

Published: Feb 1, 2011

Keywords: Key Words Biology curriculum ; Anthropocene ; extinction ; anthropogenic evolution .

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