Corals are bracing for a major extinction event, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports by a team of researchers from the City University of New York and Baruch College, according tomedia reports. The team, which includes an international team of scientists, analyzed 250 million years of coral fossil data from the paleontological database and compared them with modern data.
The researchers found that corals are exhibiting many survival reactions similar to their last mass extinction some 66 million years ago. These corals are characterized by higher frequency deep-water habitats, single or tiny groups, bleach resistance, and so on.
Researchers say corals now exhibit the same characteristics as they did at the last mass extinction event, which seems to be preparing for extinction. This study reminds us that corals are diverse and flexible organisms that have been successful in the face of a biological extinction.
Scientists also stress that the message from corals, which are a very sensitive marine life, is very useful. Therefore, primates (including humans) may face the same threat, and need to be prepared.