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

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