Extinction
Humpback whale population on the rise after near miss with extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A population of humpback whales in the South Atlantic has rebounded from the brink of extinction. more
Humpback whale population on the rise after near miss with extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study finds that the western South Atlantic humpback population has grown to 25,000 whales. Researchers believe this new estimate is now close to pre-whaling... more
Mystery solved: Ocean acidity in the last mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new study led by Yale University confirms a long-held theory about the last great mass extinction event in history and how it affected Earth's oceans. The findings may also... more
From biomedicine to buzz pollination: why we need a plan 'bee'  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
With Extinction Rebellion's mass bee-themed 'die ins' hitting the international news, we're reminded again that our bees are facing many threats—from climate change and loss of... more
Data mining applied to scholarly publications to finally reveal Earth's biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
At a time when a million species are at risk of extinction, according to a recent UN report, ironically, we don't know how many species there... more
Young climate activists in Africa struggle to be heard  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion inspire climate protesters across the globe, young African activists say they still struggle to make themselves heard. more
Museums put ancient DNA to work for wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. more
Museums put ancient DNA to work for wildlife  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. Researchers increasingly are embracing the power of ancient DNA from old museum specimens... more
Geologists reveal anoxia caused loss in biodiversity in ancient seas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Since 2016, the researchers of the Department of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology have been engaged in a research project analyzing the causes of Silurian biodiversity crisis.... more
Eocene-Epoch Stingray Had Unique Body Plan  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A new species of prehistoric stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species, has been identified from fossils found in Italy.... more
Why Humans' Extinct 'Hobbit' Relatives Were So Small  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The diminutive size of the extinct human relative called the Hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, could come down to really fast evolution. more
Living evidence of a fossil survival strategy raises hope for warming-affected corals  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Climate change is affecting reef-building corals worldwide, with little hope for recovery. However, coral fossils hint at the existence of environmental stress–triggered survival strategies... more
Study: Short-Term or Catastrophic Events Caused Extinction of Wrangel Island Mammoths  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The world’s last population of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) lived on Wrangel Island, currently... more
A study on tropical fish sheds light on species invasions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Biodiversity, i.e., the variety of life forms on Earth, is in great danger. Human-driven climate change and intensive land use are altering ecosystems, and globalisation facilitates the transport... more
The last mammoths died on a remote island  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The last woolly mammoths lived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean; they died out 4,000 years ago within a very short time. An international research team from the Universities of Helsinki... more
Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental "apocalypse". more
Global wildlife trade across the tree of life  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Wildlife trade is a multibillion dollar industry that is driving species toward extinction. Of >31,500 terrestrial bird, mammal, amphibian, and squamate reptile species, ~18% (N = 5579) are traded globally. Trade is... more
New Australian pterosaur may have survived the longest  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The discovery of a previously unknown species of pterosaur, which may have persisted as late as the Turonian period (90-93 million years ago), is reported in Scientific Reports this week. The fossil,... more
How did the extinction of saber-toothed cats impact other mammals?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
When saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed North America, they dominated their environments. After they went extinct during the end of the last ice age, their absence fundamentally altered... more
Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A... more
African evidence support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12,800 years ago, leading to global consequences including climate change, and... more
Fossil fish gives new insights into evolution after end-Cretaceous mass extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An international research team has discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species. The find provides new... more
Fossil fish provides new insights into the evolution  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international research team led by Giuseppe Marramà from the Institute of Paleontology at the University of Vienna discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs... more
Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A... more
New research supports hypothesis that asteroid contributed to mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12 800 years ago, leading... more
Rare, endangered orchids slip across porous southern Chinese border  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The insatiable demand for orchids could be driving wild orchids to extinction in southern China.  more
Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In another sign that California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after nearing the brink of extinction, a condor chick left its nest and made its... more
Climate change could pit species against one another as they shift ranges  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Species have few good options when it comes to surviving climate change -- they can genetically adapt to new conditions, shift their ranges, or... more
The hidden ark: How a grassroots initiative can help save fish from extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Freshwater fish are the most threatened vertebrate group, and species are disappearing faster than scientists can describe them. A new study shows... more
The hidden ark: How a grassroots initiative can help save fish from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Freshwater fish are a highly diverse group representing nearly half of all fish species. Due to accelerating human activities, they are also... more
Brave new world: Simple changes in intensity of weather events 'could be lethal'  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Faced with extreme weather events and unprecedented environmental change, animals and plants are scrambling to catch up -- with mixed results. A... more
Underwater manatee chatter may aid in their conservation  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists propose a new method for calculating populations of the Antillean manatee, a marine mammal in danger of extinction, through underwater recordings. more
Collapse of desert bird populations likely due to heat stress from climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
As temperatures rise, desert birds need more water to cool off at the same time as deserts are becoming drier, setting some... more
Tiny plankton slow to recover after dinosaur-killing asteroid collision  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A team of scientists have revealed that after the devastation caused by a mass extinction event on Earth 66 million years ago, the plankton at the base of the ocean... more
Ocean ecosystems take two million years to recover after mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Around 66m years ago, a giant asteroid struck the Earth, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs, ammonites, and many other species. more
Nature group: 58% of Europe's native trees are threatened  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the trees in Europe that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction. more
Ongoing accumulation of plant diversity through habitat connectivity in an 18-year experiment  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Deleterious effects of habitat fragmentation and benefits of connecting fragments could be significantly underestimated because changes in colonization and extinction rates that drive changes... more
California, 16 states sue Trump administration over rollback of Endangered Species Act  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
California and 16 other states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's weakening of the Endangered Species Act, a landmark law that... more
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