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I started to match our Caribbean coral reef food web data to assessments of Jamaican reefs today. I used 10 years of careful observations. I basically just sat there and watched my dataset fall apart as species after species failed to appear on the Jamaica list. Where have all the species gone? I’ve worked on extinction for quite some time now, I know many of the people who work on these systems well and we talk, and I talk a lot with relatives (mom included) who are Jamaican and remember the way that it was. It is depressing, it’s sobering, and it’s humbling. I don’t think that I’ve ever had a more depressing day of science. Our species is both remarkable, and remarkably stupid. Sigh.

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