In a story about the possibility of marine fish having evolved from freshwater fin fish, the unthinkable is pondered about the end of modern oceans.
The numbers are as usual: ridiculous. Just like how people treat the oceans: ridiculously bad.
"It puts today's problems with overfishing and species loss into context. The ocean can certainly bounce back but humans may not live to see that day.
"If we wipe out and eat all the fish in the ocean and modify the environment in the ocean so that it's inhospitable, what these analyses show is it may be 100 million years to recover from that. And that's a fast recovery."
-- John Wiens, professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University in New York, quoted in Science on MSNBC.