Extinction
Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
The oddly shaped skull of Leptarctus primus, an extinct weasel relative that lived in North America and Asia about 20... more
World's biggest bee found  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
Lost to science for decades and thought perhaps extinct, Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) has been rediscovered in an Indonesian rainforest. more
Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
New research on an extinct weasel relative reveals what it might have eaten when it lived in North America and... more
How the dinosaurs went extinct: Asteroid collision triggered potentially deadly volcanic eruptions  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
It's almost 40 years since scientists discovered what wiped out the dinosaurs: an asteroid hitting Earth near modern-day Mexico. That was it, or so... more
Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Conservationists in the Galapagos Islands have found a giant tortoise from a species thought to have become extinct more than a century ago. more
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago... more
U-Pb constraints on pulsed eruption of the Deccan Traps across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction  Science Magazine · 1 day
Temporal correlation between some continental flood basalt eruptions and mass extinctions has been proposed to indicate causality, with eruptive volatile... more
Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives... more
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
UC Berkeley scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million... more
Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives... more
Fat bats withstand the effects of white-nose syndrome, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Although white-nose syndrome (WNS) has pushed some bat populations to extinction, researchers have found that higher fat stores are helping some little brown bats to survive this deadly... more
Extraordinary Diversity on Land Is Not a Recent Phenomenon, Says New Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
According to new research published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, land animal diversity has been similar for at least the last 60... more
These climate activists want you to give up hope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The Extinction Rebellion, a network of climate activists who use civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming, is rooted in the conviction that humanity has dug its own grave... more
Aussie rodent becomes first 'climate change extinction'  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct on Tuesday, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change. more
Biodiversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been... more
Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been... more
Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set... more
Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set... more
Scientists fine-tune method to save rhinos  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Only two northern white rhinos exist in the world: both are female and neither can bear calves. But scientists have not given up hope of saving the species from extinction. more
Animal populations bounce back faster in marine protected areas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new paper in the American Naturalist discusses the significant role marine protected areas can play in preventing the extinction of commercially harvested species like abalone. MBARI Postdoctoral Fellow Charles... more
Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according... more
Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according... more
Marin County: Safe harbor for Native residents during the Mission era and beyond  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Contrary to the dominant narrative of cultural extinction, indigenous residents of Marin County survived colonization, preserving and passing on their traditions and... more
Native turtles face extinction in South Australia, according to report  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Western Sydney University has contributed to new Australian research into native turtle populations in the Murray River and some of its associated waterways. The study finds that species... more
50 years ago, DDT pushed peregrine falcons to the edge of extinction  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
In 1969, peregrine falcons were at risk of extinction. But a ban on the pesticide DDT and new captive breeding programs allowed the raptors... more
Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to... more
Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Marine scientists from the University of Queensland, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines... more
Lake Malawi is home to unique fish species. Nearly 10% are endangered  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An estimated 9% of the 458 fish species assessed in Lake Malawi are at high risk of extinction. This is worrying, not least because... more
Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. The newly discovered reptile has a distinctly blotched shell and is so... more
Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
'Megalodon' -- a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies -- likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.... more
It's fish on ice, as frozen zoos make a last-ditch attempt to prevent extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Twenty-six of the forty-six fish species known to live in the Murray-Darling basin are listed as rare or threatened. Recent... more
Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For decades, it has been assumed that the Chinese Softshell Turtles from East Asia all belonged to one and the same species, Pelodiscus sinensis. Widely distributed all the way from the Russian Far East... more
Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Megalodon—a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies—likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research published Feb. 13 in... more
Humans' meat consumption pushing Earth's biggest fauna toward extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
At least 200 species of large animals are decreasing in number and more than 150 are under threat of extinction, according to new research that suggests humans' meat consumption habits... more
Humans' meat consumption pushing Earth's biggest fauna toward extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
At least 200 species of large animals are decreasing in number and more than 150 are under threat of extinction, according to new research that suggests humans' meat consumption habits... more
DNA from extinct red wolves lives on in some mysterious Texas coyotes  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Mystery canids on Texas’ Galveston Island carry red wolf DNA, thought to be extinct in the wild for 40 years. more
Earth's largest extinction event likely took plants first  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New evidence from the cliffsides of Australia suggests that Earth's largest extinction event -- a volcanic cataclysm occurring roughly 252 million years ago -- extinguished plant life long before many animal counterparts. more
Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists have discovered the fossils of an iguana-sized reptile, which they named 'Antarctic king,' that lived at the South Pole 250 million years ago (it used to be warmer). Antarctanax was an early cousin of the... more
Earth's largest extinction event likely took plants first  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Little life could endure the Earth-spanning cataclysm known as the Great Dying, but plants may have suffered its wrath long before many animal counterparts, says new research led by the University of... more
Australian plants facing extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified the top 100 Australian plant species at risk of extinction. Three quarters of Australia's threatened species are plants. more
Ancient pandas weren't exclusive bamboo eaters, bone evidence suggests  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The giant pandas we know and love today live only in the understory of particular mountains in southwestern China, where they subsist on bamboo alone. But according to new evidence,... more
Ancient pandas weren't exclusive bamboo eaters, bone evidence suggests  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The giant pandas we know and love today live only in the understory of particular mountains in southwestern China, where they subsist on bamboo alone. In support of their tough... more
Neanderthals were sprinters rather than distance runners, study surprisingly suggests  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The image of Neanderthals as brutish and culturally unsophisticated has changed in recent years – they could make cave art, jewellery, complex stone tools and may have had... more
New study sheds light on illegal wildlife trade in Hong Kong  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Hong Kong's illegal wildlife trade is contributing to a global extinction crisis. Every year millions of live animals, plants and their derivatives are illegally trafficked into... more
Aussie plants facing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The top 100 Australian plant species at risk of extinction have been identified by Threatened Species Recovery Hub research. more
Puerto Rico's 'fear lab' mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A lineage of young neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds trace their scientific roots to a 'fear lab' in Puerto Rico that the National Institutes of Health has been supporting for two... more
How to send a finch extinct  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study. Researchers reviewed Australian and Queensland laws that protect threatened and endangered... more
Siberian cave findings shed light on enigmatic extinct human species  REUTERS · 3 weeks
Scientists using sophisticated techniques to determine the age of bone fragments, teeth and artifacts unearthed in... more
How to send a finch extinct  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study. more
Drier mountains pose a double whammy for cold-adapted amphibians  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A species of frog endemic to the Pacific Northwest faces a 50 per cent increase in the probability of extinction by the 2080s due to climate change, according to a... more
Drier mountains pose a double whammy for cold-adapted amphibians  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A species of frog endemic to the Pacific Northwest faces a 50 per cent increase in the probability of extinction by the 2080s due to climate change, according to a... more
Ecologists create a new model to predict extinction risk  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new population viability model, with an accompanying web app, is helping scientists to better forecast population changes and extinction risk for imperiled species. The method was developed by ecologists... more
Researchers develop approach to protect biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
New Zealand and other islands have experienced invasions of rats, Europe has seen the arrival of the spinycheek crayfish, spreading a deadly disease called crayfish plague: invasive species can put native animal and plant species on... more
Researchers use genome mapping to save rare parrot species  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers at Oakland University led an international effort to map and analyze the DNA of three Amazon parrot species, with the goal of preserving the birds from extinction. more
Tasmanian devil cancer unlikely to cause extinction, say experts  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study of Tasmanian devils has revealed that a transmissible cancer which has devastated devil populations in recent years in unlikely to cause extinction of the iconic species. more
Transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils unlikely to cause extinction, study reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
A new study of Tasmanian devils has revealed that a transmissible cancer which has devastated devil populations in recent years in unlikely to cause extinction of... more
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