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The extinction of species may slow down or prevent the evolvement of new species, while evolution just then is needed for the recovery of the disturbed ecosystem. This is the conclusion of the first experimental study on the effect of the loss of biodiversity on evolutionary processes. The study by biologist Alexandre Jousset from Utrecht University, conducted with German and French colleagues, is reported in Science Advances on 25 June. “Our results suggest that the extinction of species may have far more long-lasting and detrimental effects than currently assumed”, first author Jousset says. 

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