The number of species of animals that have been
described and are thus known to science is about
one million. However, most biologists believe that
the number of species that exist is many times the
number that we have described and catalogued, but
how many we don't know. Some suggest that there
are ten million species of animals, others say a
Scientists are asking the same question as you
are:How many kinds of animals are there? It's an
exciting question among scientists these days, and
we don't know the answer. Scientists are even
arguing about how to count the animals. How do
you know which squirrel is a different kind of
animal and which one is just another of the same
kind?Scientists thought they had good answers to
these questions, but now we're getting new answers
as we look at the animals genes and chromosomes
I asked the guy in the next
office, and he thinks there are about 1million 2
hundred thousand [1,200,000] different kinds of
animals,including insects, that have been named.
We haven't discovered all the different kinds of
animals yet, and maybe there are 12 million or
even30 million different kinds of animals total.
Most of them are insects,so maybe there are about
two hundred thousand [200,000] different kinds of
animals that have been discovered.
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