Among mammals alone, at least 14 genera and 4 entire families have gone extinct since AD 1500.
A disproportionate number of these mammals were very evolutionarily distinct. This trend is set to continue - all members of a further 19 families and 3 orders are considered to be in imminent danger of extinction. We need to act now to prevent further extinctions at the hand of humans.
Here we highlight some former EDGE mammals that have disappeared in the last 500 years.