Endangered Jewelry

Humans through the ages have adorned themselves with natural materials. Over time, they have formed jewelry from almost every plant and animal species imaginable. The use of animal products for decorative purposes caused shortages and related problems even as far back as 50 A.D., when the Romans over-exploited elephant ivory from Africa. The Romans solved their shortage by switching to ivory from India instead. Such simple solutions are not available today. In the past, natural environmental factors such as climate change caused most extinctions. Natural evolution occurs so slowly that plant and animal species often become extinct before adapting to such environmental changes. They have even less chance to adapt to the rapid changes now occurring as huge numbers of humans encroach upon and destroy habitats, chemicals ruin food and water supplies and over-hunting for sport or decorative

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