Whole "chunks of life" are lost in extinction events, all at the same time. If related species are threatened, you may be too (since primates are endangered, what does that say about humans?)
In BBC News, Victoria Gill quotes biologist Richard Grenyer as saying, "Big groups of organisms tend to be similar to one another. Look at the large cats for example. A bad effect that affects one of them, will likely affect all of them. It's like a casino of extinctions, with the odds rigged against certain groups."
Gill quotes ecologist Julie Lockwood as saying, "There are examples of modern species where the same thing is happening."
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