Study of ancient invasive species can improve modern conservation strategies

Non-native species that invade and firmly establish themselves in new regions have staggering economic and ecological consequences. Recent studies estimate that, in the United States alone, invasive species now cause more than US$120 billion in monetary damages per year and have contributed to 70 percent of extinctions of native aquatic species this century, as well as many other adverse effects.Non-native species that invade and firmly establish themselves in new regions have staggering economic and ecological consequences. Recent studies estimate that, in the United States alone, invasive species now cause more than US$120 billion in monetary damages per year and have contributed to 70 percent of extinctions of native aquatic species this century, as well as many other adverse effects.

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