New Species Count: 8.7 Million

According to a recent statistical analysis of Earth’s biodiversity, there are currently 8.7 million different species on the planet. What do you think?

  • “So we can lose the polar bears and it's no big deal, right?”

    Adam Ward –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I think that's a surprisingly even number for there not to be an intelligent designer behind it all.”

    Laura Waterhouse –
    Gastroenterologist

  • “It's great to finally have a fixed number. As an avid organism-watcher, I've already checked 383 species off my life list. And look, a dandelion—384! I'm getting closer.”

    Jim Sutton –
    Jug Builder