I'm looking for a short story (I believe it was in an anthology dating from the 1970's) where a species goes extinct every day.

It concludes with some microscopic or very tiny species dying out, followed by humans (who were dependent on that life form for their own existence).

  • Except for the last two species, you might be confusing short stories with real life. Jul 2, 2014 at 21:21
  • Does the story take place in 2430 A.D.?
    – Mr Lister
    Jul 2, 2014 at 21:43

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"And Us, Too, I Guess" by George Alec Effinger (1973). The start of it can be read on Google Books in the Irrational Numbers collection:

"I had two broods in the step tanks, plus the breeding stock. I had over a hundred mollies in the big tank. Not a single one of them's still alive."

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