So, if you thought we were doing a pretty good job at discovering species, we hope your definition of "good job" doesn't rely on "speed or scope."
Why? Because we've only found 1.9 million species.
That sounds like a lot, right? Well, not really when a new study is out saying there are 8.8 million species on the planet.
"Of those species, 6.5 million would be on land and 2.2 million in the ocean, which is a priority for the scientists doing the work since they are part of the Census of Marine Life, an international group of scientists trying to record all the life in the ocean.
The research estimates that animals rule with 7.8 million species, followed by fungi with 611,000 and plants with just shy of 300,000 species."
Researchers should get on this, as it could take up to 500 years to complete the catalogue if those numbers are correct!
Check out the video above to hear all about it, and to see some of the newest species to be found!
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