An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish.  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
A massive meteorite impact and extreme volcanic activity occurred around the same time that Earth's large dinosaurs went extinct. But, did the volcanic activity... more
Platypus on brink of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research calls for national action to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs. more
Fossils of Earliest Known Scorpion Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
The exceptionally preserved fossils of the oldest species of scorpion ever found have been unearthed in Wisconsin, the United States. The newly-discovered ancient scorpion... more
It was microbial mayhem in the Chicxulub crater, research suggests  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
New insights into how microbial life was quickly re-established following the mass extinction of the dinosaurs have been detailed for the first time by Curtin University-led research. more
Australia fires 'devastating habitats' of endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Australia's bushfires and other climate change effects are devastating the habitats of critically endangered species and driving the native platypus towards extinction, according to surveys highlighting the country's vulnerability to rising temperatures. more
Climate change pushing Australia's platypus towards extinction: researchers  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Prolonged drought and other effects of climate change are pushing Australia's unique platypus population towards extinction, scientists warned in a study published Monday. more
Transformational innovation needed to reach global forest restoration goals  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The U.N. and other international organizations agree that forest restoration is a critical part of the collective global effort to combat climate change, reduce extinctions, and improve the lives of... more
An evolving understanding of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Few things related to science capture the imagination more than the magic of worlds past. This includes the origins of life, dinosaurs, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, and the evolution of our species. Understanding the evolution of life is... more
Black rhino population shows steady growth  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Good news stories can be hard to come by in an era of extinction, but the steady improvement in the fortunes of the black rhino is one of those stories. more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid -- not volcanoes  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international team... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It... more
On impact and volcanism across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary  Science Magazine · 6 days
The cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction is vigorously debated, owing to the occurrence of a very large bolide impact and flood basalt volcanism near the boundary. Disentangling their relative importance is... more
A high-resolution summary of Cambrian to Early Triassic marine invertebrate biodiversity  Science Magazine · 6 days
One great challenge in understanding the history of life is resolving the influence of environmental change on biodiversity. Simulated annealing and genetic algorithms were used to... more
Bird species are facing extinction hundreds of times faster than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Extinction, or the disappearance of an entire species, is commonplace. Species have been forming, persisting and then shuffling off their mortal coil since life began on... more
Potential to adapt is revealed by evolutionary genomics  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Global climate change is going to drastically alter the environmental conditions for humans and nature. Animals and plants unable to cope with the new conditions are thus forced to shift their range... more
'Amazing': New embryo made of nearly extinct rhino species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers say they have successfully created another embryo of the nearly extinct northern white rhino in a global effort to keep the species alive. Just two animals remain, and both... more
Australia's bushfires could drive more than 700 animal species to extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The scale and speed of the current bushfire crisis has caught many people off-guard, including biodiversity scientists. People are scrambling to estimate the long-term effects. It... more
Collectively, environmental stakeholders are just as smart as scientific experts  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Many species are threatened with extinction, fish stocks are overfished. How can the complex relationships between wildlife, natural ecosystems and humans in a large number of habitats be... more
World’s Oldest Slime Mold Found in Amber  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The fossilized fruiting bodies of a myxomycete from the extant genus Stemonitis preserved in Kachin amber date back some 100 million years... more
Inside story on cassowary evolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
One of the largest living birds, the Southern Cassowary, has a simple throat structure similar to the fellow Australian emu. Now new research confirms a common link between the cassowary and small flighted South American tinamou—and even the... more
Species-saving Galapagos giant tortoise Diego can take a rest  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Job done, prolific Galapagos giant tortoise Diego is being released back into the wild after being credited by authorities with almost single-handedly saving his species from extinction. more
Australian animals face extinction threat as bushfire toll mounts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When volunteer Sarah Price found a baby kangaroo frightened but miraculously alive in the pouch of its dying mother surrounded by the embers of Australia's bushfires, it seemed fitting to... more
A season in hell: Bushfires push at least 20 threatened species closer to extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Images of desperate, singed koalas in blackened landscapes have come to symbolize the damage to nature this bushfire season. Such... more
Chinese paddlefish declared extinct  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in Wuhan, China has declared the Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) as extinct. In their paper published in the journal Science of The Total Environment, the group describes their study... more
Kangaroo Island shows burn scars on one third of the land mass  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Terra satellite provided before and after imagery that showed the extent of the fires that have been ravaging Australia's Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island... more
This 23-Foot-Long Fish May Be First Official Extinction of 2020  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The Chinese paddlefish, which could grow up to 23 feet long, may be the first official extinction of 2020. more
International team starts on drilling expedition  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Earth's Cenozoic Era began 66 million years ago with a bang—and with the last mass extinction event on Earth until now. The meteorite impact that marked the end of the Cretaceous Period and the beginning... more
Brief daily mindfulness training facilitates extinction of fear reactions  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Mindfulness has been shown to reduce negative emotions in both healthy individuals as well as patients with psychological problems. Studies have also shown that mindfulness is effective for treating clinical... more
A 'pivotal' moment for understanding whale evolution  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Scientists could soon better investigate the feeding behaviors of extinct dolphin and whale species. A third year student at Japan's Nagoya University has found that the range of motion offered by the joint between... more
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