Why we look to the past, why we look at fossils in part is understanding the biological response to environmental change on our planet, to see what happens to life, who goes extinct, what determines who goes extinct, and how does the extinction play out.

Mary Droser, professor of geology, speaking with Ari Shapiro on The Encyclopedia of Life about the importance of understanding why certain organisms have gone extinct in order to inform our own future in the wake of current climate change concerns.

National Public Radio

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