I suggest that a new category be set up to discuss the larger patterns, trends, and effects of the ongoing extinction event.
There are many categories on specific things such as recently extinct plants, but how do all of these extinctions fit together? At what stage of the event are we? How does it compare with past events? What possible outcomes are foreseeable, not for individual species, but for whole ecologies? How have ecologies adapted so far?
I am always thrilled to read about the rediscovery of a minuscule water-bug in Bali, and saddened by the disappearance of the Floogle Island slime mold, but where is the big picture?
A good suggestion. I will keep it in mind. You could discuss those topic in for example the general boards for prehistoric extinctions and recent extinctions. But a new general extinction board sounds good.
I request that the group be focused on the current extinction rather than past events. The forum has, in general, many threads on current species extinctions, and it is the cumulative effect of these that needs to be understood.
The trilobites are gone, but we still have a chance.